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Adult Court Bench Book and Pronouncement Cards

|Bench Book|Criminal

The Adult Court Bench Book (ACBB) provides guidance for magistrates who sit in the adult court dealing mainly with defendants aged 18 or over. It is used for reference at court and to support consistent training. The Bench Book is supplemented by national sentencing guidelines, checklists and pronouncement cards. These help magistrates undertake the task of decision making in a fair and structured manner. The Adult Court Pronouncement Cards assist magistrates to explain their decisions fully and clearly.

Adult Court Bench Book (Amendments April 2020) relate to the increased victim surcharge amounts, national roll-out of attendance and location monitoring as a sentencing requirement and/or bail condition and amendments to council tax enforcement. Further amendments were made in September 2020 to update the wording for the alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement, which will be implemented in Wales from 21 October and nationally in early 2021.