Discrepancies in courts sentencing

FIGURES published last week have revealed discrepancies in sentencing by Stonehaven Sheriff Court compared to the rest of Scotland.

The figures showed that only 4% of those convicted of common assault in Stonehaven end up with a custodial sentence, this is low compared to the national average of 15%.

This has led to a call for an examination into the discrepancies to see if they need to be adressed in order to bring Stonehaven Sherriff Court’s sentencing in line with sentencing across Scotland.

Similar claims were made in 2005, when a “postcode lottery” of sentencing was uncovered and, at the time, it was reveled that only 1% of cases heard in Stonehaven resulted in a custodial term compared to 25% in some parts of Scotland.