A previous blog discussed the concept of sentencing laws which limit judges’ power to show leniency for particular offences. Now the Supeme court has opened the door to derogating from mandatory sentences in exceptional cases.

However, reading the facts of the case one wonders how much effect the ruling will  actually have, since according to the Supreme Court having one’s ribs broken by punches from police officers are not considred to be circumstances sufficintly exceptional to justify derogating from a mandatory sentence.

What would it take to justify a departure from a minimum sentence?