We have been invited by the Sentencing Council to share this announcement on updates to the guidelines:
The Sentencing Council has today published, in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, revised definitive guidelines to be used by the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts in England and Wales when sentencing assault and attempted murder offences. The new guidelines will come into effect on 1 July 2021.
These guidelines replace the Sentencing Council’s Assault Definitive Guideline which was the first guideline developed by the Sentencing Council and came into force in 2012. Revisions to the guidelines are intended to address unintended impacts identified in its evaluation, and to reflect recent changes to legislation in respect of some offences. At the same time the Council has also revised and updated the Attempted Murder Definitive Guideline which represents another step towards the Council’s commitment to replace the guidelines of its predecessor body, the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
The revised guidelines will ensure courts are equipped to make an effective assessment of the seriousness of offences and impose appropriate and proportionate sentences. There are six guidelines covering the range of non-fatal assault offences:
All are available on the Sentencing Council website here. Alongside the guidelines, we have also published a response to the consultation and other related documents.
Head of the Office of the Sentencing Council