Sentencing: Offender Attendance

Part of Justice – in the House of Commons at on 12 September 2023.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

It is right that those convicted of a crime face up to its consequences by being in court when they are sentenced. On 30 August, the Lord Chancellor announced his intention to legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows to enable judges to order an offender to attend court for sentencing, making it clear in legislation that reasonable force can be used to compel attendance and that refusal to comply with a judge’s order will cause the offender to face up to two years in custody.