Sentencing Council Research Pool recruitment


The Sentencing Council would be very grateful for your participation in our research pool to help with the development and evaluation of sentencing guidelines. The research pool has been in existence since 2011, and the Council updates the database periodically to ensure individuals are not overburdened and that we take into consideration the views of as wide a group of sentencers as possible when developing the guidelines.

Being a member of the Council’s research pool means that we will hold your name on a database of sentencers who have said they are happy to be approached about participating in research exercises from time to time. Participation in any given exercise is, of course, voluntary, so you will be asked to respond only if you are willing to participate on that occasion.

The research usually takes the form of a short survey or interview on a particular guideline and is designed to help inform the content of guidelines and to assess their potential impact on sentencing practice. The findings from our research are presented to the Council as part of our work on the development, evaluation and revision of sentencing guidelines. All comments are anonymised in reporting. The information gained through these exercises is invaluable in developing the guidelines and ensuring they take account of the views of the judges and magistrates who use them.

If you are willing to be a member of our research pool, we would be grateful if you could fill in this short form, which should take no more than 5 minutes.

By completing this form you are giving us permission to hold your contact details. You have the right to withdraw from being a member of the research pool at any time. We hold all details securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. For more information about how we protect your personal information, you can see our privacy notice here.

Thank you in advance for your help in our research.