Following a consultation, the Sentencing Council is publishing its new definitive guideline on environmental offences, which has been issued in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
The new guideline applies to all offenders aged 18 and over and organisations sentenced on or after 1 July 2014.
All sentencers will receive hard copies of the guidelines.
• Definitive Guideline: Environmental offences – Crown Court
• Update 11 – Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines
It should be noted that the Sentencing Council are working on incorporating the changes into the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines.
Additionally, the Sentencing Council are publishing their response to the consultation, which summarises some of the very useful feedback and comments received.
The final published version and additional supporting documents, such as the Definitive Guideline: Environmental offences – response to the consultation, a revised resource assessment and equality impact assessment & a research bulletin to support the development of this guideline are available from the Sentencing Council.
All documents can be found at http://bit.ly/1jDye5w