Sentencing Framework in Outline
This diagram helps to explain the Sentencing Framework used by magistrates for the sentencing of adult offenders.
The sentencing options available depend upon the appropriateness of punishment and the seriousness of the offence. They range from discharge to fine, community order to custody, with or without separate fines.
This diagram is part of a set of three such helpful diagrams which can be freely downloaded in PDF format. The other two charts can be viewed here: The Magistrates’ Court layout and The Courts Heirarchy in Outline
This diagram is taken from The Magistrates’ Court: An Introduction (5th Edition, 2009) by Bryan Gibson and Mike Watkins.
For a more up-to-date account see Essential Magistrates’ Courts Law by Howard Riddle CBE and Judge Robert Zara (2019).