An MIC talk can explain the rules about Sentencing
When a defendant is either found guilty or pleads guilty they are convicted of the crime(s) they have been charged with. The magistrates have to impose an appropriate sentence which means that Sentencing Guidelines have to be followed. These Guidelines ensure that the punishments administered in each defendant’s case are fair, equitable and consistent, not only within one particular Court, but in Courts across the Country.
This does not mean that defendants who have committed the same type of offence are sentenced in the same way. While the sentencing process is consistent the outcome may be different because each offence, each victim and each offender are different.
Usually the press and media cannot tell all the facts and the public often get the wrong impression as to the sentencing powers magistrates have. So no matter how big or small your organisation is, we would welcome the opportunity of explaining to your members, workforce, students or pupils how the criminal justice system works. They will hear directly from active or recently retired Magistrates.