When somebody is found guilty of a crime, a judge gives them a sentence. If you feel a sentence is not strict enough, in some cases you can ask the Attorney General to see if it can be changed. We will assist child abuse survivors and their families, by gaining the support from others to help inundate the Attorney General’s office asking for ‘unduly lenient’ sentences to be reviewed !
Find out which cases can be reviewed and how you can ask for a review.
When is a sentence too lenient?
To be looked at again, a sentence must be ‘unduly lenient’. This legal term means more than just a low sentence; it means a sentence is far too low. You can ask for these sentences to be reviewed.
Those sentences can be changed by the Court of Appeal. For that to happen, the Attorney General’s Office first has to ask the court to check the sentences given.
Which cases can be reviewed?
Parliament has set strict limits on the kinds of cases that can be looked at again. Only those involving the most serious crimes can be reviewed and the sentence must have been given in the crown court.
Cases that could be reviewed include:
serious violent crimes, such as murder, rape and robbery
some sex crimes, particularly involving children, but also sexual assault
threats to kill
serious drug crimes
racially or religiously aggravated crimes
attempting any of these crimes or encouraging someone else to commit them
If you think a sentence is unduly lenient
If you believe a sentence is so low that it must be unduly lenient, contact the Attorney General’s Office. You can ask the Attorney General’s Office to look at the sentence again. You must do that within 28 days of the judge giving the sentence.
No cases will be considered after that time.
You can find out more information about the Attorney General’s Office and how to get in touch with them using the link below.