This Members' Bill seeks to add to the range of sentences which a court can impose where a public limited company is convicted of a criminal offence. The new sentencing option –an equity fine – would allow the courts to impose a fine which must be paid from the proceeds of a new issue of shares in the company. This briefing considers the perceived limitations of current sentencing options, the proposals in the Bill and the issue of legislative competence.
Read SPICe Briefing: Criminal Sentencing (Equity Fines) (Scotland) Bill (235KB pdf)
Published: 6 September 2010