Thursday 11 March 2021

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The government has published the Police. Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - see:

government announcement 9 March 2021

Parliament - the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill


The Bill seeks to make provisions about:

  • the police and other emergency workers; 
  • collaboration between authorities to prevent and reduce serious violence; 
  • offensive weapons homicide reviews; 
  • new offences and for the modification of existing offences; 
  • the powers of the police and other authorities for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or prosecuting crime or investigating other matters; 
  • the maintenance of public order; 
  • the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles;
  • driving offences; 
  • cautions; 
  • bail and remand; 
  • sentencing, detention, release, management and rehabilitation of offenders; 
  • secure 16 to 19 Academies; 
  • procedures before courts and tribunals.

The Bill (as intoduced) comprises 176 clauses divided into 13 Parts. There are 20 Schedules. 

Amongst other matters, the Bill seeks to increase the maximum penalty for assault on emergency workers (Cluase 2), amend the law about imposing conditions on processions and assemblies (Clauses 54-60), amend the law relating to cautions (Clauses 76-96), amend the law relating to life sentences (Clauses 101-114), amend the law about juries (Clause 164).

The Bill will bring about amendments to the recently introduced sentencing code.

More to follow ...

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