Regular readers of the Health & Safety blog might remember last month’s post on the launch of the Scottish Sentencing Council. The Council has now held its inaugural meeting, which took place last Monday. At the meeting, agreement was reached to fully consult on sentencing guidelines, which will include recommended sentencing for Health & Safety offences.
Of particular interest, the Council has decided to go beyond its requirement to raise public awareness of sentencing and will instead include the public in the consultation. Technically, the Council is only required to consult Scottish Ministers and the Lord Advocate. In recognition of the impact of sentencing on the public, the Council wish to have active engagement with the public during the consultation process.
Council member John Scott QC said:
From the outset the Council is determined to be a listening body, taking into account a wide scope of views and input. This means guidelines will not be rushed into place but prepared after considered consultation, which will include research into their likely effects, cost and benefits.
We will be keeping a keen eye on future developments from the Scottish Sentencing Council.
On December 21, 2015