The Law Commission of England has launched a project to develop a single sentencing statute
to bring clarity and coherence to current sentencing practices:
"There seems to be near unanimity from legal practitioners,
judges and academic lawyers that the law in this area is in urgent need
of reform. The courts have repeatedly complained about the complexity
of modern sentencing procedure. There is strong evidence that the high
number of unlawful sentences being handed down is a direct result of the
inability of judges to find their way through the relevant provisions.
This undermines public confidence in sentencing and costs a great deal
of public money to rectify on appeal."
"Our aim in this project is to introduce a single
sentencing statute that will act as the first and only port of call for
sentencing tribunals. It will set out the relevant provisions in a clear
and logical way, and ensure that all updates to sentencing procedure
can be found in a single place. It is not the aim of this project to
interfere with mandatory minimum sentences or with sentencing tariffs in
general. Those will remain entirely untouched, but the process by which
they come to be imposed will be streamlined and much improved."
The Commission intends to produce a series of consultative documents over the next 18 months and a draft Bill by the summer of 2017.
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