Law Reform

SAP to produce advice on sentencing offences of dishonesty

PUBLISHED November 27, 2006

The Sentencing Advisory Panel has been asked by the Sentencing Guidelines Council to produce advice on sentencing for all offences of theft and dishonesty.

The Panel decided to consult separately on the offence of theft from a shop as this represents the largest category of prosecuted theft cases and is sentenced in greater numbers than any other either way offence. The Panel?s consultation paper on this form of theft was published on 24 August 2006.  tHE Panel is now seeking representations in relation to sentencing the following forms of theft and dishonesty:

  1. theft in breach of trust;
  2. theft from the person;
  3. theft in a dwelling;
  4. burglary in a building other than a dwelling;
  5. making off without payment; and
  6. abstracting electricity.

Please send your response to Mrs Lesley Dix, Secretary to the Panel, at the Sentencing Guidelines Secretariat, either by post to 4th Floor, 8-10 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AE, or by email to should be received by 24 January 2007.