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The only way is up – sentencing surcharge increased

The sentencing surcharge required by a court, when dealing with an individual for one or more offence has increased.

From 16th June 2022, the sentencing surcharge will be increased as below:

Section 43 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (c.17) requires a court, when dealing with an individual for one or more offences, to order that the individual pays the appropriate surcharge. The amount of surcharge payable is set out in the Schedule to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) (Order) 2012 (S.I. 2012/1696) (“the 2012 Order”).

Regulation 2 of these Regulations substitutes the Schedule to the 2012 Order to provide for an increase in those amounts and reflects the changes made by the Sentencing Act 2020.

Regulation 3 provides that the increased amounts do not apply where a court deals with an individual for a single offence committed before the date on which these Regulations come into force (16 June 2022), or where it deals with a person for more than one offence and at least one of those offences was committed before that date.

For full details, see The Sentencing Act 2020 (Surcharge) (Amendment) Regulations 2022.

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