Survey on the impact of the decision in Manning on sentencing practice

18 June 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:

Sentencing during the pandemic: What are the options?

15 June 2020

As activity in the courts begins to increase after the lockdown period, the question of what impact the coronavirus pandemic should have on the imposition of custodial sentences is likely to become more pertinent in the coming weeks. This briefing note sets out the options available to courts when considering how to take into account current prison conditions when sentencing.

Short-term Research Associate positions

6 April 2020

The Sentencing Academy is looking for two Research Associates to produce research for us over the next three months. These are flexible positions and it is anticipated that the work will amount to around two days per week but there is some scope to increase or decrease the number of hours.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

Please see below for further details and contact Jonathan Bild at if you have any questions about this role.

Sentencing reform in the new Parliament: Where are we headed?

21 January 2020

The Sentencing Academy’s Executive Director, Professor Julian Roberts, was joined by Professor Nicola Padfield, Professor Mike Hough and Mr Umar Azmeh in a panel discussion on the new Government’s proposals for sentencing reform. Areas of discussion included the Conservative’s manifesto commitment to ‘introduce tougher sentencing for the worst offenders and end automatic halfway release from prison for serious crimes’ and the Government’s renewed focus on sentencing in terrorism cases.

Sentencing Academy hosts discussion on the draft Firearms Offences guideline

25 November 2019

The Sentencing Academy hosted an event to discuss the Sentencing Council’s draft guideline for firearms offences, which was undergoing its public consultation phase at the time. The event was attended by academics, practitioners and representatives from the Sentencing Council.