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Structured Deferred Sentence


Local Authority area:


Primary Courts of relevance:

Wick / Tain / Inverness / Portree / Fort William

All information provided by:

Highland Community Justice Partnership

Highland Community Justice Information

Published: 30 November 2021

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Structured Deferred Sentence

Interventions suitable for

Post-conviction and prior to final sentencing as part of a deferred sentence to provide a relatively short period of focused intervention with the specific objectives of building capacity to change, reducing offending and avoiding, where appropriate, statutory orders.

Programme Title and Provider

Structured Deferred Sentence

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

This is assessed as part of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report. Delivered in accordance with SG National Guidance (2020), this targets lower risk offenders that do not require to be on a Community Payback Order. The period of intervention is normally 3 or 6 months during which time the individual will complete an action plan relating to why they offend.

Possible Outcomes

Admonishment or low level disposal from the court

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

Through a Criminal Justice Social Work Report (CJSWR). Details of programmes and interventions are normally included in the report, together with an outline action plan.