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The Judiciary of Barbados Sentencing Guidelines Project is now open for the second wave of public consultation.

In Barbados, judges and magistrates are required to give reasons for the sentences they impose. Sentencing guidelines are intended to guide them in the process of determining and explaining sentences. Sentencing guidelines are also intended to achieve consistency of approach, but not uniformity of sentences.

The Sentencing Guidelines Committee has created draft guidelines for rape, death by dangerous driving and dishonesty offences which have now been made available to the general public and organizations working in the criminal justice system for comments. Sentencing guidelines are not just for judges, they are for every victim and witness of crime, every defendant, every prosecutor and defense attorney. Following the consultation, your comments will be given due consideration by the Committee and adjustments will be made if necessary.

The consultation will run for a two-week period beginning from today Monday, April 25 and concluding on Friday, May 6 and comments may be submitted to

Your participation and support is encouraged to ensure that we produce comprehensive guidelines which cater to needs of the Barbadian public.