Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the 28-day time limit for referral of unduly lenient sentences.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Government has no immediate plans to extend the 28-day time limit for a referral under the unduly lenient sentences scheme but is considering the wider operation of the scheme. The 28-day time limit reflects similar constraints on defendants appealing against conviction or sentence and avoids ongoing uncertainty for the offender and victims about the sentence to be served.

The Attorney General has announced that he will pilot a procedure whereby any relevant sentence imposed where reporting restrictions apply - which could mean an individual would be unaware of the sentence imposed by the court until after the 28-day time limit had expired – will be considered by the Law Officers under the scheme.

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