Sentencing Update 2019

An overview of what has changed in criminal sentencing

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Course Overview

Designed with busy criminal law practitioners in mind, including those who must advise on difficult issues at an early stage, this 20-minute session will provide a round-up recent sentencing changes and will ensure that viewers are familiar with:

The important Sections of the PCC (S) A 2000
How to sentence in Aggravated Vehicle Taking cases
Penalties under the Policing and Crime Act 2017
Penalty points and Mandatory/Discretionary disqualifications from driving
Section 240 and 240A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003
The activation of a Suspended Sentences and the re-sentencing on offences following the breach of a Community Order

Essential for anyone advising clients in the area of criminal sentencing, this session will consider the circumstances in which a Crown Court Judge may review and increase a sentence under Section 155 of the PCC (S) A 2000. It will also detail how best to assist the magistrates with their Sentencing Guidelines and will provide viewers with the confidence required to attempt this in practise.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar 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 Sentencing Guidelines
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be required to assist the court in the area of sentencing
  • • Appreciate the difference between disqualifications for fixed periods and until re-test
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client concerning the possible sentence
  • • Appreciate the importance of keeping up to date with new offences and new sentences available to the Court
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances in which the client, upon plea, is likely to face committal for sentence
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at court!

What is the target audience?

  • Qualified practitioners advising in the area of criminal sentencing


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