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Structured Deferred Sentence (SDS)

Last updated: 27th June 2024


A structured deferred sentence is a flexible intervention providing structured social work support for individuals post-conviction but prior to sentencing. They can be used for people who have offended with underlying issues that might be addressed through social work and/or multi-agency intervention. At the end of the period of intervention, the court retains the discretion to pass sentence in any manner that would have been appropriate at the time of conviction, but with the benefit of information from the supervising officer in relation to the period of deferral.

Further Information:

Dundee began offering SDS as a possible disposal in May 2021. Community Justice staff will identify areas that may be helpfully addressed during the CJSWR writing stage, working alongside the individual to do so. Community Justice staff will implement the SDS but they may use the period to support the individual to attend appointments assessed as necessary. Referral may also be made to the health staff employed by Dundee CJS.