Sentencing Guidelines is a resource for Magistrates, Advocates, Prosecution and other Court users needing to reference Sentence Guidelines in preparation for Magistrates' Court. This application is designed for Court users in England and Wales.
Sentencing Guidelines is provided as an iPhone (here for iTunes page) and Android application (here for Android Market page).
Use the Alphabetical, Group or Index by Act of Parliament to reference the correct Sentence Guideline page number. From the Setup screen you may download the Sentencing Council's Guidelines. Click this link to view the Sentencing Guidelines downloads page.
This application supports Apple iOS4 and above supported devices.
Judicial Version information:
- Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines (including Update 1 issued 15 July 2008, Update 2 issued 9 December, Update 3 issued 13 October 2009 and Update 4 issued 13 June 2011)
Application Version: Sentencing Guidelines (version 1.6)
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Sentencing Guidelines is designed to help Court users locate and reference the UK Sentencing Council Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines.
The application is separated into the following Menu options:
The three Indexes to the Sentencing Guidelines are Alphabetical, By Offence Group and By Act of Parliament. Each index displays a colour coding matching to the Magistrates' Sentencing Guidelines Handbook. For example, dark blue for the Assault Definitive Guidelines, Pink for Motoring Offences, Yellow for general Offence Guidelines.
The Sentencing Guidelines main indexes reference the Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines and Assault Definitive Guidelines. Provided that these Guidelines are download from the Setup screen, you may optionally view the Offence Guideline page within this app. Other Explanatory Material may be downloaded for reference from the app.
Note: All of this application's Sentencing Guidelines are downloaded directly from the Sentencing Council webpages. Where this links are changed by the Sentencing Council, you should update your application with the Apple iTunes store.
By Offence Grouping:
and By Act of Parliament:
Explanatory Material and Additional Guidelines also provide links to related material useful for use in court.
The Search screen allow you to search any of the Indexes or Explanatory Material titles for a keyword. The following example executes a search for Tachograph, showing the appropriate search result after the Search button is clicked.
Clicking a search result will navigate to that Offence Detail screen.
The History screen will store the last 20 Offences referenced. This will be stored even after the application has been closed or the phone restarted.
The Favourites screen allows you to mark as Favourite Offences that you expect to hear frequently. These are stored in reverse order to their selection from an Offence Detail screen.
The Setup screen lets you download one, selected or all of the different Sentencing Guidelines. This application DOES NOT include any Sentencing Guidelines, but allows them to be downloaded and then referenced..
The About screen explains the design concepts behind the Sentencing Guidelines application and version information.
When first installed the application will open the Setup screen to allow for (optional) download of Sentencing Guidelines.
The Setup screen will display a warning when it is not connected to a WiFi connection. This is to warn you that you may be downloading Guidelines using (an expensive) 3G from your network carrier. Where possible, you should connect to your Home, Office or Magistrates' Court Wifi connection before downloading Guidelines.
Click the green arrow to the left of Download All Guidelines to download all 21 current Sentencing Guidelines.
Alternatively, select a specific Sentencing Guideline from the list presented. We recommend that you at least download the main Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guideline.
Where new Sentencing Guidelines are made available by the Sentencing Council, your application will require update.
The Offence Detail screen provides a summary of the Offence information including Offence, Act of Parliament and sections, Offence Group and Page Reference.
Note the page reference upon your Bench court listing in preparation for Court sittings.
Click the Page Number of Offence Description to view that page within the Sentencing Guidelines. Click the Go Back button to return to the Index. Click the Next or Previous buttons to scroll through Offence Descriptions. Your History screen will record a maximum of 20 Offence Detail screens that you've viewed. You can add any Offence to your list of Favourites by clicking the Star icon. Your list of Favourite Offences appear upon the History/Favourites screen.
The Offence Guideline page number will appear for a few seconds when the page is first displayed. Tap the (plus) + or (minus) - buttons to zoom in or out. Click the Arrow buttons to page Previous or Next. Click the dark Back arrow to return to the Offence Detail screen.
The Explanatory Material provides an Index to the Notes provided with the Sentencing Guidelines in addition to all the other available Sentencing Guidelines. If you have not downloaded a specific Sentencing Guideline, you can download this Guide before viewing through this Index.
The Additional Guidelines screen provides links to all definitive sentencing guidelines. Where a Guideline has not been download its PDF icon will change to that shown below alongside Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines. This application does not publish any Guidelines or Explanatory Material. These can be downloaded through the Sentencing Guidelines application (from the Sentencing Council website).