New sentencing guidelines approved by High Court

The High Court of Justiciary has approved a new sentencing guideline developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council aimed at increasing public knowledge and understanding of the sentencing process in Scotland.

Published 20 July 2021

Faculty gives qualified backing to guidance on sentencing young people

Guidance on sentencing young people, with rehabilitation at its heart, has been given strong support by the Faculty of Advocates – but with a warning that the public needs to be assured the aim is not to let offenders go scot-free.

Published 25 August 2020

What explains the paradox of Scottish life imprisonment?

The high rate of life imprisonment in Scotland is driven by both increased punitiveness and attempts to reduce the risk that serious crime poses to society, according to a new academic paper.

Published 17 March 2020

Views sought on proposed sentencing guideline for young people

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on a new sentencing guideline which states that rehabilitation should be a primary consideration when young people are being sentenced.

Published 28 February 2020

Finding that brains do not fully mature until 25 to inform sentencing of young people

Sentencing should take account of compelling evidence that the brain does not fully mature until at least the age of 25, according to a review of research undertaken on behalf of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Published 21 February 2020

Majority of Scots think sentences are too lenient

Fifty-six per cent of people think sentencing in Scotland is too lenient, according to a survey published by the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Published 2 September 2019

Presumption against prison terms of under three months makes ‘limited’ impact

The presumption against prison sentences of less than three months has had a “limited” impact and the rule is undermined by the introduction of more offences with short prison terms, The Herald reports.

Published 10 May 2019

Lord President warns against ‘reactionary introduction’ of sentencing guidelines

There is a risk that sentencing guidelines may ultimately lead to higher sentences because of public perception of cases deemed high profile by the media, the Lord President, Lord Carloway has said.

Published 12 March 2019

Average length of custodial sentence at ten-year high

The average length of custodial sentences in Scotland is at its highest in the last ten years, increasing by 21 per cent since 2008/09, new figures reveal.

Published 29 January 2019