Important Guidelines Produced by the Sentencing Council

Are you familair with recent Sentencing Council guidelines?

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Course Overview

Designed with busy practitioners in mind, this bite-size session will ensure that practitioners are aware of, and understand the importance of, the new guidelines produced by the Sentencing Council and the impact which these have on criminal law and practice.

Structured around providing guidance on how to handle some important everyday dilemmas which can catch out unwary criminal law practitioners, this course will:

Offers a practical discussion of credit for a guilty plea
Explain how the Court of Appeal view admissions in an interview
Consider the minimum sentences for knife crime
Briefly consider the Domestic Abuse Guidelines
Explore the definition of a ‘persistent offender’

In addition, this course offers easily digestible guidance on how to approach advising youths jointly charged with adults and appearing in the adult court, making it essential for anyone involved in the area of youth court work.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the importance of guidance and Guidelines
  • • Be aware of the credit where a Newton Hearing is won
  • • Be aware of and feel confident when dealing with the procedure on a grave crime
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client who wants to see the evidence before pleading
  • • Appreciate the importance of keeping an eye on the Sentencing Council website
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when the advice you give to your client may have ramifications concerning the amount of credit the client receives
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at the court!

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including accredited police station representatives and duty solicitors


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    5 Page


  • Quiz