Chapter 1

The structure of this report

1.17This report is interim. It describes the methodology that we have developed to determine what a maximum penalty should be; the work that we have undertaken to test and apply the methodology; the way in which we have grouped offences in the light of that work; and the offences that we have consequently identified as most glaringly at odds with a coherent maximum penalty structure. However, it does not attempt to assign maximum penalties to each set of grouped offences. That would require substantial work and further public consultation that we have not been able to undertake to date.