The Scottish Sentencing Council promotes consistency in sentencing, assists in the development of sentencing policy and promotes greater awareness and understanding of sentencing policy and practice.
The work they do includes:
- preparing sentencing guidelines
- publishing guideline judgments
- publishing information about sentences
They also conduct research and provide general guidance about sentencing.
What happens after a verdict at court, including information on sentencing, appeals and the Victim Notification Scheme.
What a judge considers when deciding a sentence – includes what the law says and sentencing factors.
The range of prison sentences a court can give – including determinate sentences, life sentences and Orders for Lifelong Restriction.
Information for victims and witnesses on what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system.
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