Obiter was puzzled to see the Sentencing Council issue sentencing resources for schools. The council published the materials to help increase pupils’ knowledge of how the criminal justice system works as part of the citizenship curriculum.
The council says the resources will help key stage 3 and 4 pupils (11-14-year-olds, in old money) ‘develop an understanding of how criminal sentencing works in England and Wales, and give them the opportunity to try sentencing for themselves through interactive scenarios’. They can then see how their sentencing compared with what a judge would have passed in reality.
Obiter hopes they don’t do too well – we don’t want to give the lord chancellor any more ideas for judicial economies.