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Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme: Extension

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons on 16th January 2020.

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Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Solicitor-General

I always welcome communication from the hon. Gentleman and, in fact, from any Member. The issue of manifestly excessive sentences is one for the defence in each case, and there are mechanisms by which, within a time limit, defence lawyers can appeal to the Court of Appeal against a sentence that they consider to be manifestly excessive. It is not a matter for the Law Officers; we deal with unduly lenient sentences.