Offence-specific guidelines refer to three sentencing levels within the community order band based on offence seriousness (low, medium and high).
See below for non-exhaustive examples of requirements that might be appropriate in each.
A suspended sentence MUST NOT be imposed as a more severe form of community order. Offences only just cross community order threshold, where the seriousness of the offence or the nature of the offender’s record means that a discharge or fine is inappropriate In general, only one requirement will be appropriate and the length may be curtailed if additional requirements are necessary Offences only just fall below the custody threshold or the custody threshold is crossed but a community order is more appropriate in the circumstances More intensive sentences which combine two or more requirements may be appropriate The imposition of a custodial sentence is both punishment and a deterrent.
There is a separate stand alone offence under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which specifically makes it offence to intimate a witness, juror or other person.Changes and effects are recorded by our editorial team in lists which can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.Where those effects have yet to be applied to the text of the legislation by the editorial team they are also listed alongside the legislation in the affected provisions.They appear at the foot of the relevant provision or under the associated heading.Annotations are categorised by annotation type, such as F-notes for textual amendments and I-notes for commencement information (a full list can be found in the Editorial Practice Guide).Each annotation is identified by a sequential reference number.For F-notes, M-notes and X-notes, the number also appears in bold superscript at the relevant location in the text.PERVERTING THE COURTS OF JUSTICE It is also possible to be charged with perverting the course of justice for intimating a witnesses or alternatively a judge could find someone who has intimidated a witness, juror or other person to be in contempt of Court.CONTACT OUR EXPERT CRIMINAL DEFENCE SOLICITORS At Old Bailey Solicitors we defend the full range of criminal offences.For further information and sentencing flowcharts see the Imposition guideline.There are outstanding changes not yet made by the uk editorial team to Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.