- It is too early to attribute any changes in sentencing patterns to the extended presumption against short sentences (PASS). Only a small number of offences that would be subject to the new policy have been disposed by the courts in the period covered by this publication.
- However, there is emerging evidence that the proportion of all court disposals that are for custodial sentences of 12 months or less is decreasing.
- We will continue to monitor court disposals and report on any emerging trends.
- Further, more detailed analysis by other related factors (e.g. court type, offence aggravators) will be available as more offences subject to the presumption make their way through the courts.