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24 July 2019

Rangers FC has announced a partnership with Edinburgh-based community justice organisation Sacro to help tackle sectarianism, homophobia and racism.

Its new scheme, Everywhere, Anywhere, Everyone, Anyone, will see fans who have participated in bigoted chants asked to attend educational classes if they wish to return to Ibrox in the future.

Fans making racist or homophobic remarks will also be asked to take part in the scheme.

Rangers chairman Dave King said: “I am delighted and immensely proud to unveil this important and extremely relevant campaign.

“Everyone Anyone is an all-encompassing initiative designed to highlight the similarities between the broad spectrum of supporters worldwide regardless of age, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and health.

“We want to create an environment where everyone feels valued, safe, welcome, and wanted. Supporting Rangers should break down barriers and Ibrox should be a place where diversity, unity and inclusion are strengthened through the friendships football can create.”

Manager Steven Gerrard said: “Rangers is a vital part of the fabric of Scotland and our campaign sends a clear message that no one should be excluded. Supporting Rangers means we are all part of the same family.

“We stand together proudly in support of our club and our diversity.”

Dave Scott, managing director of anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth, said: “On paper this all reads well and looks positive. As ever though the proof of the pudding will be in the eating and we will see what happens when the various policies are tested during the season.”

28 November 2018

HM Inspectorate of Prosecutions recommends further diversion from prosecution for under 18s- see the Report here by following the link:

https://www2.gov.scot/Publications/2018/11/6156

26 November 2018

Judges in courts across Scotland will from today have to take into account a sentencing guideline when sentencing offenders.

The principles and purposes of the sentencing guideline were approved by the High Court of Justiciary on 30 October and it applies to all offenders who are sentenced on or after 26 November 2018.

When sentencing an offender, a judge must have regard to any relevant sentencing guidelines in relation to the case. If judges decide not to follow the guidelines, they must state their reasons for not doing so.

The guideline states that the core principle of sentencing is “fairness and proportionality”, and that this requires a number of supporting principles such as taking into consideration all relevant factors in a case, including the impact on victims and others, and stating the reasons for sentencing decisions as clearly and openly as circumstances permit.

It also sets out some of the purposes which sentencing may seek to achieve, such as rehabilitation, protection of the public, and punishment.

Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk and chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council, said: “We believe that this guideline, which sets out the fundamental principles and purposes of sentencing in Scotland for the first time, will have significant benefits to both the courts and the public. In particular, we expect that transparency in sentencing will increase, with more clarity around how particular decisions are reached and the various factors which are taken into account.  This guideline will also form a strong foundation for our future work in developing further sentencing guidelines, including those which will apply to particular offences.”

This is the first of several guidelines which are currently being developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council.

Work is underway to develop guidelines relating to the sentencing process, sentencing young people, causing death by driving, and environmental and wildlife offences. In addition, the Council recently announced its intention to begin the development of guidelines on sexual offences and sentence discounting in its 2018-21 work programme.

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