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Sentencing and costs


1. This section provides guidance in the following areas:-

2. Most health and safety cases can be dealt with in the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court.  The prosecution has an important role in the allocation of cases by making appropriate submissions as to where it believes a case should be heard. See the earlier section on Plea before venue and allocation for guidance on venue.

3. Most of the principles in this section apply equally to sentencing hearings in the magistrates’ and Crown Courts.  Any differences will be highlighted in the text.

The purposes of sentencing

4. 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 sentencing (Criminal Justice Act 2003, section 142)

Updated 2020-09-07