Whole Life Orders: Attorney General’s Reference (R. v McCann); Attorney General’s Reference (R. v Sinaga)

December 11, 2020
What is a Whole Life Order? When imposing a life sentence (which is mandatory on conviction for murder but discretionary for other certain serious offences, like manslaughter and rape) a

Victim Personal Statements and Sentencing: A review of policy, operation and research

November 23, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has published a review of the operation of Victim Personal Statements in England and Wales by Elspeth Windsor and Julian V. Roberts. Read the full report here:

A Smarter Approach to Sentencing? – The Sentencing White Paper

October 30, 2020
On 21 October, the Sentencing Academy hosted an online event, in conjunction with the UCL Centre for Criminal Law, on the recent publication by the Government of the sentencing White Paper.

New Community-Based Alternatives to Imprisonment

October 27, 2020
Popular conceptions of imprisonment entail admission to prison for a continuous period. Some offenders are sentenced to immediate imprisonment – for example for six months. However, other jurisdictions have introduced forms

Sentencing Academy’s response to the A Smarter Approach to Sentencing White Paper

September 29, 2020
The Ministry of Justice published its sentencing White Paper, promising ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’, on 16 September 2020. It contains a number of headline-grabbing amendments to the release arrangements for offenders

Sentencing Academy response to the Sentencing Council’s unauthorised use of a trade mark consultation

September 29, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has submitted a response to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on a guideline for unauthorised use of a trade mark offences (https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/

Sentencing Academy response to the Sentencing Council’s assault offences consultation

September 14, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has submitted a response to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on an updated guideline for assault offences (https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Assault-Offences-Consultation-final-web.doc.pdf).

Sentencing Academy Fellowship Scheme

September 13, 2020
The Sentencing Academy is pleased to introduce its Fellowship Scheme aimed at encouraging people from disadvantaged and/or under-represented backgrounds intending to pursue a career in the field of criminal

Sentencing Academy response to ‘What next for the Sentencing Council?’ consultation

September 8, 2020
The Sentencing Academy has submitted a response to the Sentencing Council’s ‘What next for the Sentencing Council?’ consultation (https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/What-next-for-the-Sentencing-Council-consultation-including-exec-summary.pdf). Our response

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

June 18, 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 (