Magistrates: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd October 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Seccombe Baroness Seccombe Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to enable magistrates to imprison offenders for up to 12 months.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The Government has no immediate plans to increase the custodial sentencing powers of magistrates but will continue to monitor the position to ensure we provide magistrates with appropriate and proportionate powers to deal with the cases that come before them.

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