Sentencing Council

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Sentencing Information Package

This easy-to-read booklet is designed to help victims of crime understand the sentencing process. Topics covered include:

When is an offender sentenced?

Purposes of sentencing

Relevant factors determining a sentence

Sentencing options

Understanding the sentence


The booklet, which was jointly produced with Victims Services and Criminal Law Review, Department of Justice, was first produced in 2004 and revised in 2011, 2014 and 2016.