Public to have power to request review of range of new offences, including harassment & possession of indecent images

Fourteen sentences are to be added to the unduly lenient sentence scheme today, which was launched in 1989.  The scheme gives anyone the power to ask the Attorney General to consider referring a sentence to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration where it could be increased if deemed unduly lenient. The person requesting the review need not have a connection to the case.  It must be lodged within 28 days of the sentencing hearing.

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