Scottish Sentencing Council

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.

Services

Community sentences

What happens if you're given a community sentence or community service. Find out about Community Payback and the rules of your community sentence.

Types of prison sentences

The range of prison sentences a court can give – including determinate sentences, life sentences and Orders for Lifelong Restriction.