Petition Introduce new laws to force offenders to be present in court for sentencing

Families are currently being deprived the opportunity of gaining full closure because offenders can choose not to appear in court for sentencing.

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We want the law to require offenders to be in court for sentencing, to give victims and their families every chance to witness justice be delivered.

Following a number of high-profile cases where serious criminal offenders refused to be in the dock when their sentence is passed down, we are petitioning for a change in the law so they can be forced to appear.

We want prison and court staff to be given powers to use reasonable force to get offenders into the dock - as they do to transfer them from a court to prison.

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