Statistical data set

Unduly lenient sentence statistics 2015

The number of sentences examined by the Attorney General in 2015 as unduly lenient, including the outcome and details of the cases

If a sentence given in a Crown Court appears to be very low, or unduly lenient, anyone can ask the Attorney General’s Office to examine the sentence, within 28 days of sentencing.

The Attorney or Solicitor General may then ask the Court of Appeal to look at the sentence. The court may decide to keep the sentence the same, increase it, or issue guidance for future cases.

This publication includes the number of sentences examined by the Court of Appeal as well as the outcome and details of the cases. Unduly lenient sentence data from before 2011 can be found at the National Archives.

ULS statistics for 2015 - Excel (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 20KB)

ULS statistics for 2015 - CSV (CSV, 17.9KB)

Please note that only one offence per offender has been listed on the spreadsheet, even though they may have been convicted and sentenced for several different offences. The original sentence is the total sentence initially imposed on the offender at the Crown Court and the revised sentence is the total sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal. The sentence total may include other concurrent and/or consecutive sentences.

Anyone can ask for a Crown Court sentence to be reviewed and you can also follow the progress of referrals made to the Attorney General’s Office.

Note

These statistics supersede a previous version published earlier.

Published 24 August 2016
Last updated 6 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. Corrections have been made to the statistics: Case number 14 – offence changed from 'Assault with intent to rob' to 'Conspiracy to pervert the course of justice'. Case number 22 – offence changed from 'Sexual assault' to 'Assault by penetration'. Case number 43 - revised sentence changed from '5 years imprisonment' to '3 years and 6 months imprisonment'. Case number 42 – original sentence changed from '20 months imprisonment' to '3 years imprisonment'. Case number 42 - revised sentence changed from '3 years and 6 months imprisonment' to '5 years imprisonment'. Case number 49 – offence changed from 'Assisting unlawful immigration to a Member State' to 'Conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration'. Case number 50 – offence changed from 'Assisting unlawful immigration to a Member State' to 'Conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration'. Case number 85 – original sentence changed from '6 years and 6 months imprisonment' to '6 years and 8 months imprisonment'. Case number 98 – the case number has been amended from 98 to 97 Case number 146 – the case number has been amended from 146 to 147.
  2. First published.