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General principles

The purposes of sentencing

1. When determining an appropriate sentence for a person convicted of a criminal offence, including a health and safety offence, courts are required to have regard to the following purposes of sentencing1:

2. In all of these ways, sentencing can help to secure the objectives of HSWA 1974.

3. For guidance on how a court will assess the seriousness of an offence, including the specific factors that a court might consider to be relevant when deciding sentence in health and safety cases, see the sections Factors relevant to sentence and Imposing the sentence.


  1. Criminal Justice Act 2003, section 142. This section does not apply where the offender is aged under 18 at the time of conviction (s.142(2)(a)).
Updated 2009-07-07