A survey conducted by HSLA gives its members take on the new guidelines given by the Sentencing Council.
The Sentencing Council has given new guideline on Health & Safety Crimes”, whereby HSE feels that this may lead to an increment in the number of cases that are being registered at the “Crown Court”, while according to a survey conducted by the “Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association” or the HSLA, more and more organisations are taking a defensive stance towards prosecution and appealing for fines.
Almost hundred seventy members of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association took part in the survey, whereby both categories of lawyers, academic as well as practitioners, were taken into consideration.
The guidelines became effective from the 1st of February 2016, while the survey was carried on in the month of November 2015 even before the guidelines came in front of the public.
According to the findings of the survey, seventy five percent of the respondents were of the opinion that the guidelines will bring more cases to the notice of court, while little more than sixty six percent thought that “more defendants would elect for trial or sentencing in Crown Court”; another “three-quarters” feel that if the fines are risen to higher amounts, then organisations are more likely to “defend prosecution” and yet another “two-thirds” think that “more organisations would appeal fines”.