Sentencing: Appeals

Attorney General written question – answered on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Alan Mak Alan Mak Conservative, Havant

To ask the Attorney General, On how many occasions the Law Officers have referred a criminal sentence to the Court of Appeal for review because it was felt to be unduly lenient in the last 12 months.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

In the year to 31st December 2014, the Law Officers personally considered 469 cases and referred 128 offenders to the Court of Appeal under the unduly lenient sentence scheme. Leave was granted by the Court in 95% of cases which included some of the most serious violent and sexual offences, including murder, rape and sexual assault.

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