Friday, March 18, 2011

Unduly Lenient Sentences

Did you know that if you feel that a sentence has been unduly lenient then you, as a member of the public, can ask the Attorney General to look at the case. The extract from the Attorney General's website is listed below.

Anyone can ask the Attorney General to look at a case
Victims, their families, and members of the public can contact the Attorney General's Office if they think a sentence is much too light.

It's easy to ask the Attorney General to look at a case - you don't need a lawyer. To ask for a sentence to be looked at, you'll need some basic information. This includes:

•the name of the person who was sentenced;
•the name of the Crown Court where the sentence was passed;
•the crimes committed;
•the date of sentence.
And also tell us which case you are concerned about and why you think it should be changed. You should contact the Correspondence Unit. The Attorney General's Office will email you when a decision is made whether to refer the case to the Court of Appeal.

Don't worry if you don't have all the information, but the more you can give us, the more likely it is that we will find the right case.

If you can, also phone the Attorney General's Office on 020 7271 2492. You may need to leave a message


Anonymous said...

True ... but then you just get the standard reply ....

Thank you for your email about this case.
The Attorney General and the Solicitor General, in respect of a certain limited number of offences, have the power to seek permission to refer to the Court of Appeal for review, sentences passed in the Crown Court which appear to them to be unduly lenient. It is an exceptional remedy and requires careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case.
The Solicitor General has looked closely at the representations that he has received about this case. He has obtained papers from the Crown Prosecution Service and studied the transcript of the sentencing hearing. He has also sought the advice of an experienced independent barrister with specialist knowledge of sentencing, who has not previously been involved in the case.
Having considered all of these very carefully, the Solicitor General does not believe that the Court of Appeal would increase the sentence passed on Mr Urwin, and, therefore, this would not be an appropriate case for him to refer.
Yours sincerely
Tim Strevens
Correspondence Unit
Attorney General's Office
(020) 7271 2492

Anonymous said...

Well got my reply back from the AG, and basically it's tough.

"We looked at it and don't think the sentence would be increased"

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