The Sentencing Council recently ran a public consultation on sentencing guidelines for breaches of court orders. The Sentencing Council set out that guidelines are not currently available for breaches of all types of court order, and there is variation in the format of the guidelines which do exist and in their scope. They decided that breach guidelines should be issued as a single definitive guideline, with comprehensive, consolidated guidance for sentencers in all courts, intended to deliver a consistent approach to sentencing breach of orders.
The Victims’ Commissioner responded to this consultation, which closed on 25 January 2017. The full response can be accessed here.
Responding to the consultation, Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove said:
“I would like to ensure that the sentence imposed in breach offences reflect the nature and seriousness of the breach and, where possible, serves to protect the victim from any further harm and deters offenders from breaching orders. If the new guidelines can help to achieve this, then this is a welcomed change.”