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Sentencing the Riots : Did we get it right?

Our panel asks whether the sentencing has been proportionate.

The courts have been both lauded and criticised for handing out a large number of custodial sentences in the aftermath of the summer riots, which saw 1566 people brought before the courts for riot-related offences.

With the sentence appeal judgments now emerging, and statistics demonstrating that those convicted of burglary, violent disorder and theft during the riots received more jail time than otherwise, our panel asks whether sentencing has been proportionate, and whether reports that the courts were advised by senior justice clerks to ignore existing sentencing guidelines for riot related offences constituted a breach of the sacrosanct separation of powers between the government and the judiciary.

The Law Society bar will be open from 8.00pm following the debate.


Lord Ken MacDonald QC | talks
Mr John Thornhill | talks
Other Speakers TBC | talks


Date and Time:

28 November 2011 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane

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