An overview of the sentencing guidelines introduced on 1st October 2018
On 1st October 2018 the Sentencing Council published definitive guidelines for intimidatory offences covering harassment, stalking, disclosing private sexual images ('revenge porn'), controlling or coercive behaviour and threats to kill.
The significance of these guidelines cannot be underestimated; prior to the introduction of these new sentencing guidelines only limited assistance was available for the sentencing court and no guidance was available in respect of stalking, revenge porn and controlling and coercive behaviour.
During this bite-size session solicitor-advocate and part time deputy district judge Olwen Davies will examine the new guidelines and will consider the assessment of harm and culpability. Allied matters including basis of plea, Newtons and the likelihood of a committal for sentence will also be addressed.
In addition, Olwen will discuss the increased severity of some sentences making this course perfect for charging lawyers, prosecutors who deal with allocation and sentence, defence advocates and those who advise on sentence in other roles.
For those wishing to consolidate their knowledge regarding the new sentencing guidelines for intimidatory offences, an optional problem-scenario is included and should be attempted once the webinar has been viewed in full.
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