Date lodged: 30 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the observations of the High Court of Appeal in the appeal of Wood v HMA, whether it plans to the review the (a) legislation and (b) guidelines on sentencing for people convicted of making or being in possession of indecent images of children.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 23 February 2017
The Scottish Government will consider carefully the issues raised by the judgment to determine whether changes are required to the legislation concerning the circumstances in which a court can impose an extended sentence on an offender.
In addition to the High Court, responsibility for proposing sentencing guidelines rests with the independent Scottish Sentencing Council. The Scottish Ministers have no power to issue guidelines nor amend or update existing guidelines.