Sentencing Council

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Reduction in penalties at sentence ​


This report reviewed the principles and practices governing reductions in sentence and examined the way in which factors leading to a discount on sentence are taken into account. The report focused on a number of specific discounting factors, such as guilty pleas and assistance to authorities, and also considers the use of charge negotiation and the Form 1 procedure. Attention was also given to the application of the totality principle to offenders being sentenced for multiple offences.

Download: Reduction in Penalties at Sentence [PDF 781KB]

Government response

Media Release: Moves to restrict sentence discounts for police informants and sex offenders [PDF 34KB]