No conviction under the new sentencing laws

Posted by janelle.tarabay on 23 September 2018

With the new sentencing laws commencing on 24 September 2018, one of the most significant concerns for clients is whether a court can still proceed without conviction, or what used to be referred to as “section 10”.

The short answer is yes, but the way it can proceeds is very different.

A court can now deal with someone without conviction in two main ways. Firstly, and what is likely to be the most common way, under a Community Release Order without conviction (section 9), or under section 10(1)(a) which involves an immediate dismissal. For more detail, read our page on NO CONVICTION ORDERS.