I am pleased to be here today as I think this a good opportunity for me as Chairman, to outline four broad themes which go some way to showing different aspects of the Sentencing Council’s work.
- Firstly, I want to look at how the Sentencing Council contributes to justice reform and efficiency, through our work on allocation and guilty pleas.
- Secondly, I want to talk you through our work on the new health and safety offences guideline to demonstrate how we help by providing clear guidance and structures to those working on complex offences.
- Thirdly, I am going to take a closer look at two guidelines – theft and robbery – to explain how the Sentencing Council ensures the consideration of victims within the sentencing process.
- And finally I want to develop some themes about continuing improvement through work which is underway to review existing guidelines.