The latest annual National Statistics on long-term trends in sentencing in England and Wales.
You can use our new interactive guide to sentencing statistics
You can search the type of sentence given for different criminal offences in each court.
Both indictable and summary offences are addressed. Trends in custody, community sentences, fines and other disposals are presented with separate figures for magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court. Gender and age based sub-groupings are presented as well as sentence length breakdowns and criminal histories.
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Court level sentencing data are now available for the first time as part of the commitments made in the Ministry of Justice’s Structural Reform Plan, in accordance with public data principles. The data will provide members of the public with information about what happened in their court and the sentences given.
Sentencing statistics (annual) archive
The bulletin is produced and handled by the ministry’s analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons:
Ministry of Justice: Secretary of State; Minister for Criminal Justice; Minister of State; Permanent Secretary; Special Adviser; Director General, Criminal Justice Group; Head of Better Trials Unit; four policy advisors; Director of Analytical Services; two sentencing policy managers; Senior Press Officer; four press officers; Strategic Communications Advisor; Head of Fairness and Confidence Unit; Director Criminal Policy, Head of Justice Team; Head of Community Confidence Team; Strategy Manager.
Home Office: Home Secretary; Permanent Secretary; Minister for Police and Crime Reduction; Head of Crime Strategy; Head of Violent Crime Unit; Head of Crime Strategy; Press Officer; Chief Statistician.
Attorney General’s Office: Attorney General; Solicitor General; Senior Policy Official.
Crown Prosecution Service: Press Officer.
Sentencing Council: Chairman of the Sentencing Council