This is the first in a series of reports as part of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Community Sentences project. The project was initially established to investigate and monitor the new Community Order introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 by providing good quality, objective information about the way it was used and managed during a period of great change following the creation of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
2003 Criminal Justice Act
The community order and the suspended sentence order: The views and attitudes of sentencers is the fourth research report of our community sentences project which monitors the orders introduced in the 2003 Criminal Justice Act.
Based on interviews with magistrates and judges it provides the first independent analysis of their views and attitudes towards the new orders. It reports that sentencers are generally positive about them but are concerned about the volume of legislation and many changes to sentencing practice in recent years.