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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.

The latest Adult Court Pronouncement Cards (dated May 2021) relate to the updated wording of the alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement, which has now been implemented nationally with effect from 31st March 2021.