Thursday, 19 November 2009
HMP 946352 Harriet, Harman
Oh dear, Harriet has been naughty.
Let's not forget her sage words
"And sentencing too, is vital for public confidence. If a sentence is lenient – it needs to be explained. The opportunity is there for magistrates and judges to thank those in the agencies and the victim and witnesses for the part they have played in bringing the offender before the courts. That can be irrespective of the verdict and whether or not those referred to are physically there in court. Above all, sentences need to be explained. Particularly if it is lenient.
But if there is an unjustifiably lenient sentence in the Crown Court which will undermine public confidence, the Attorney General and I can, and often do, refer the case to the Court of Appeal for the sentence to be increased."