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Sentencing guidelines

Sentencing guidelines are non-binding guidelines that inform sentencing in law.[1] By contrast, mandatory sentencing[2] sets legal parameters, typically minimums, for sentences.

In the United States federal courts system, Federal Sentencing Guidelines apply to federal judges adjudicating cases in federal court.[3] In England and Wales, the Sentencing Council (formerly the Sentencing Guidelines Council) sets sentencing guidelines.


  1. ^ "Federal Sentencing Guidelines". Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Mandatory Minimums".
  3. ^ Compliance, Technology, and Modern Finance, 11 Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 159 (2016)