Judicial response to the publication of the Attorney General’s unduly lenient referral statistics

|Media Release

The President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice, Sir John Thomas, has responded to the statistics released today by the Attorney General’s Office. These Statistics report the number of cases where the Attorney General asked the Court of Appeal to decide whether a sentence imposed by the Crown Court was unduly lenient.

Sir John Thomas said:

“These annual statistics show that the number of sentences found to be unduly lenient following consideration by the Attorney General or Solicitor General continues to be low. In 2012 just 62 individuals had their sentence increased, a small fraction of the 138,808 cases dealt with by the Crown Court that year. Sentencing is a complex process where the judge must take into account many factors before reaching a balanced decision. It is important that the public have the opportunity to request the review of any sentences by the Attorney General.”

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