Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Time off for early admission of guilt
Whilst this is supported by a number of senior lawyers including Lord Justice Leveson (Chairman of the Sentencing Council), some lawyers are warning that persons in custody should not be offered greater discounts because it may result in false confessions or in the Police not investigating cases fully. Certainly, a large reduction in sentence is a powerful incentive to admit guilt. Within the Crown Court system there is considerable concern at the numbers who plead guilty on the day of trial having run up considerable costs in case preparation. In the Crown Court over 70% of cases are guilty pleas.
Although this is reported in the media, it appears that the Sentencing Council is considering the idea and proposals will go out to public consultation later - see London Evening Standard.