Sentencing Act 2020

01 December 2020

The Sentencing Act 2020 came in force on 1 December 2020, consolidating procedural provisions relied upon by the courts during the sentencing process. Whilst the Act streamlines procedural sentencing matters, it does not replace sentencing guidelines, alter any pre-existing maximum sentences, or introduce harsher penalties.

The Sentencing Act has a significant number of sections and PNLD are working on adding all relevant provisions to the database. In the meantime, the complete Act can be accessed on

See also our summary of the Act and MOJ Circular 2020/003: The Sentencing Act 2020.

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