Sentences for green offences ‘need review’

The Sentencing Council, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Justice, believes more guidance is needed for judges and magistrates on environmental offences.

The head of the office of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, Michelle Crotty, told a meeting of lawyers and regulators in November that the council will be producing new sentencing guidelines for judges and magistrates on environmental offences. A consultation is planned in the new year on drawing up guidelines for the courts on sentencing for these offences.

The council, whose members include judges, magistrates and non-judicial individuals, aims to improve consistency and public confidence in sentencing.

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