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Crime: Northern Ireland

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 15 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they will issue to the judiciary in Northern Ireland about sentencing policy for those found guilty in road traffic cases which involve a death. [HL451]

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal delivers guideline judgments on sentencing practice in Northern Ireland which support sentencers in determining the most appropriate sentence and encourage consistency in sentencing. Judges may also have regard to published sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, where appropriate. In addition, the Judicial Studies Board of Northern Ireland publishes significant decided cases on its website (