June 18th, 2020

The Sentencing Academy is seeking to collect anecdotal evidence about the extent to which the Court of Appeal’s decision at the end of April in Attorney General’s Reference (R. v Manning) [2020] EWCA Crim 592 has had an impact on sentencing practice. We are interested to find out whether this decision has subsequently been applied consistently by the courts and the frequency with which either shorter custodial sentences or sentences other than immediate custody have been imposed as a consequence.

If you have appeared in a sentencing hearing since 30 April 2020 we would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the below survey, the findings of which may help inform us about whether further guidance is required as to how courts should take into account the current restrictive prison conditions when sentencing.

The survey can be found here: