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This virtual classroom seminar will take you through the various custodial sentences available to the Judge at the Crown Court under the Sentencing Act 2020 (referred to as ‘the Code’).

This area of law has become considerably more complex over the last 20 years, formally a decision was made between; determinate sentences, mandatory life and discretionary life. Although these sentences still exist but now available in the special type of sentences that must be imposed upon ‘an offender of particular concern’ and the custodial sentence available to the Judge where he or she takes the view that the offender should be sentenced under the dangerous offender provisions.

Added to this, practitioners need to be aware of the special release provisions that apply to certain offenders, such as those offenders at the Crown Court given a term of imprisonment of 7 years or more.

What You Will Learn

This live broadcast will cover the following:

  • The Sections and the Schedule dealing with Adult ‘offenders of particular concern’- Discretionary Life or a Determinate Sentence with a 1-year fixed licence period
  • The Sections and the Schedule dealing with the sentencing of dangerous offenders - Discretionary Life or an Extended Determinate Sentence - Adults and Youths
  • The legal significance of a sentence of 7 years or more imposed upon an offender for an offence within Schedule 18 of the Sentencing Code 2020 - Adults
  • Determinate Sentences and the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 - none of this is included within the Sentencing Code 2020
  • The offences for which the Court is to give consideration of a mandatory minimum sentence for both Adults and Youths e.g. firearms
  • Life imprisonment/Detention - determining the tariff sentence
  • The legal significance of credit in this whole area - an examination of the relevant Section of the Sentencing Code and the Court of Appeal decision of Plaku/Plaku/Bourdon/Smith
  • Whatever happened to Indeterminate Sentences for Public Protection (IPP)? - Perhaps, more importantly, what is to happen with those offenders who are well past their tariff?
  • ‘2 strikes’ and it may be life under the Sentencing Code 2020
  • The significance of the ‘4-year rule’ and the exception to it when a Crown Court Judge is dealing with an Adult offender
  • The assessment of risk/dangerousness - some interesting Court of Appeal decisions
  • The position of the Parole Board in all these different types of custodial sentences

Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.

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Learn Live | 15.11.2022

N/A | 10:00am - 11:30am

Special Custodial Sentences in the Crown Court - Live with Colin Beaumont

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