Magistrates receive various Judicial updates, corrections and guidance from the Sentencing Council or their Justices’ Clerk most of which arrive in electronic format either Microsoft Office Word or Adobe PDF format. We want to add these into our Sentencing Guidelines App either as a general reference of useful resources or specifically in support of specific types of offence. You can add most types of document into the App including scanned documents or pictures, Microsoft Office Word and Excel or Adobe PDF documents.
The Refs (or References) popup provides quick access to frequently needed resources. Adjournment or disqualification dates The Adjournment calc reference provides a table of dates in weeks from today’s date. This allows the Court to set an adjournment date a number of weeks from today’s date and to quickly confirm this date. The table provides a readout of weeks, date and number of days from today. The links Totting up disqualification, Speeding guideline and Penalty notices will open the respective offence guidelines.
The Sentencing Guidelines App for Apple and Android requires an Annual Subscription. The Annual Subscription provides on-going access to Tools and Judicial updates for the App. These notes explain how to obtain a subscription. The price of the annual subscription is £25.00 Subscription for Sentencing Guidelines for iPad/iPhone You can obtain a subscription for Apple iPad and iPhone by contacting Ambay Software Ltd. by email or telephone. A subscription may be purchased by request for payment via PayPal, bank transfer, debit or credit card over the telephone or by cheque to our offices.
The Refs (or References) popup provides quick access to frequently needed resources. Bail decisions: Adult Indictable Only or Either-Way Imprisonable Offence The Bail decisions table provides a useful flowchart for the decision to grant unconditional bail or to find an exception where bail may be refused. The information provides a two-page summary of the Exceptions to the general right to bail.
The Drink drive dates calculator tool provides for the definitive calculation of reduced disqualification dates for successful completion of the drink drive rehabilitation course. Drink driver rehabilitation course The Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines describes the maximum reduction in driver disqualification period available for the successful completion of an approved drink driver rehabilitation course. These are found upon page 450, paragraph 21: 21. The reduction must be at least three months but cannot be more than one quarter of the total period of disqualification:
The Fines Calculator tool provides for the calculation of fines across Fine Bands A to F, calculation of the relevant weekly income for a defendant, court costs and the appropriate victim surcharge. Relevant Weekly Income RWI is the weekly income against which a fine will be calculated. Where the defendant is in receipt of benefits use the RWI £120 button. If the defendant is being dealt with in absence and has not declared an income, use the RWI £440 button.
The Magistrates’ Court usually sits with three Magistrates with the one sitting in the middle seat acting as the presiding justice; the other Magistrates colloquially known as “Wingers”. While all three Magistrates are jointly and equally involved in bail, remand, allocation and sentencing decisions, the presiding justice will speak for the Bench in asking questions of witnesses and defendants and will pronounce any decision made by the Bench. Many presiding justice pronouncements will be relatively straight forward such as imposing a fine and points, a community order or driver disqualification.
The Refs (or References) popup provides quick access to frequently needed resources. Pronouncements and directions to be made when a case is adjourned for trial These are the default pronouncements and directions to be announced when adjourning to trial in the Magistrates’ Court. Typically the laminated sheet holding these references has been purloined or lost. This is a useful readout for recently appointed presiding justices who need a prompt for the procedures to be announced to defendant, defendant’s advocate and prosecution advocate.
The Sentencing Guidelines App can be customised for personal preferences and judicial information. To customise the Sentencing Guidelines App, open Settings and scroll down the left hand column until you locate Sent Guides. Tap on Sent Guides to display all the settings for the App. Fines and overweight vehicles calculators The Fines calculator and Overweight Vehicles calculator have a number of buttons and values that can be customised. These include the following: