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Publishing Sentencing Outcomes

Guidance for public authorities on publicising information about individual sentencing outcomes


Publicising the outcomes of local criminal cases and the details of the convicted offenders can help to:


  • reassure the public
  • increase trust and confidence in the criminal justice system
  • improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system
  • discourage offending and/or re-offending

Evidence suggests that the public wants to know about the outcomes of local court cases. This information is also a legitimate way of engaging communities and making criminal justice services more transparent and accountable.


In the great majority of cases publication should be straightforward, though a small proportion may raise issues to do with data protection or rehabilitation.


This guidance clarifies the legal considerations, so as to help public authorities make decisions about whether, and how, to publicise sentencing outcomes.




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