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Draft guidelines for manslaughter sentencing - Law Society response to consultation

26 September 2017

The Society has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on draft guidelines for sentencing offences of manslaughter.

The guidelines will assist practitioners in advising clients and making submissions, and judges in arriving at the appropriate sentence for offenders convicted of manslaughter.

There are four separate guidelines under consideration for the different types of the offence:

  • unlawful act manslaughter
  • gross negligence manslaughter
  • manslaughter by reason of loss of control
  • manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility.  

The Society’s response welcomes the guidelines and makes a number suggestions in relation to an offender's culpability and the relevant aggravating and mitigating factors.  

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