Sentencing Council

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Terms of reference

The Attorney General has asked the Council to examine standard non-parole periods in line with the following terms of reference:

  1. Identification of any sexual offences not contained in the Table of Standard Non-parole Periods (SNPPs), which possibly should be included at a later date;
  2. Standardisation of SNPPs for sexual and other offences within a band of 40-60 per cent of the available maximum penalty, subject to the possibility of individual exceptions, by reference to an assessment of the incidence of offending and special considerations relating thereto;
  3. Identification of potential additions to the SNPP scheme, involving the level or levels at which SNPPs might be appropriately set;
  4. Establishment of a transparent mechanism by which a decision is made to include a particular offence in the Table, and by which the SNPP is set; and
  5. Identification of sexual offences that might justify an application for a guideline judgment.