Transparency and Consistency of Sentencing

Part of Bill Presented — Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:08 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham 1:08 pm, 2nd February 2012

The point that guidelines should be guidelines was demonstrated after the riots, when in extraordinary circumstances judges used their discretion and gave firm sentences. Guidelines are for ordinary circumstances, but for those extraordinary events judges were spot-on in using their discretion.