NI: Ford extends offences that can be appealed for unduly lenient sentences
Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister David Ford has announced an increase in the number of offences that can be referred to the Court of Appeal due to unduly lenient sentences.
The offences relate to indecent images of children, modern slavery and serious assault.
Mr Ford said: “Following a review of the law on Unduly Lenient Sentences, I have decided to increase the number of offences which can be referred where it appears that the sentence passed is unduly lenient.
“I have listened to victims, elected representatives and the wider community and recognise that many of these offences are areas of public concern.
“The independence of the sentencing process is fundamentally important but equally I recognise there should be avenues to challenge sentences for serious offences that are considered unduly lenient.
“By including these offences in the Unduly Lenient Sentences Scheme it will send an important message that these crimes will not be tolerated and will help to safeguard continued public confidence in the justice system.”
The offences which are affected by the changes are: