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Bail Supervision


Local Authority area:


Primary Courts of relevance:

Forfar Sheriff Court & Dundee Sheriff Court

All information provided by:

Angus Community Justice Partnership

Angus Community Justice Information

Published: 30 November 2021

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This information will be reviewed and updated where required.

Bail Supervision

Interventions suitable for

Individuals aged 16 and over who have been assessed as suitable for Bail Supervision.

Programme title and provider

Bail Supervision

Details of all Specific national or local scheme/intervention(s) available

Bail Supervision in Angus provides a robust assessment of the individuals criminogenic (issues associated with their offending) and/or social needs to assess if they can be safely released on bail and/or would be at risk if a period of remand/custody were imposed. Bail offers a period of intensive support via referrals to relevant services to help the individual address any needs, whilst also testing their compliance to bail conditions.
Priority for bail supervision is given to:

  • People suffering mental health problems
  • Women
  • Single parents
  • Young people aged between 16 and 21 (and up to 26 years for those with care experience)

Possible Outcomes

  • To increase the confidence of courts in the successful completion of bail periods through the availability of supervision
  • To reduce the number of individuals remanded to custody
  • To encourage greater confidence in the use of non-custodial disposals by the court as a result of the experience of successful completion of periods on bail supervision
  • To provide appropriate support to individuals in the community, which minimises disruption to families, employment and housing, while ensuring compliance with bail conditions

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

The client will be interviewed at Court following the guidelines outlined above to form an assessment for bail supervision, taking the following into consideration:

  • Public/Witness Protection
  • The nature of the charges
  • Outstanding charges, including previous breaches of bail
  • Previous offending and patterns
  • Previous response to bail
  • Willingness and motivation of person to comply with bail supervision
  • Suitability of accommodation
  • Areas in the individual’s life requiring intensive support during the bail period
  • Substance dependencies
  • Employment situation
  • Caring responsibilities/commitments
  • A risk assessment around safety of interaction between individuals and supervising officer, particularly in relation to the undertaking of home visits

A decision will be reached as to whether the individual is suitable for bail supervision after the above information has been gathered.