12th April 2019
The Sentencing Council (Eng & Wales) has launched a consultation on its proposed guideline on sentencing offenders with mental health conditions or disorders. In its final form, judges and magistrates in England and Wales will, for the first time, have a clear structure and process to follow when sentencing people with mental health conditions and disorders, and those with learning disabilities, autism, brain injury, substance misuse disorders and dementia.
The draft guideline sets out proposed general principles for sentencing, including that:
The guidelines for Sentencing Offenders with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders, which are intended for consultation only in their current form, are available from the Sentencing Council website here.