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Structured Deferred Sentence


Local Authority area:

Shetland Islands Council

Primary Courts of relevance:

Lerwick Sheriff Court

All information provided by:

Shetland Community Justice Partnership

Shetland Community Justice Information

Published: 16 September 2021

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Structured Deferred Sentence

Interventions suitable for

A Structured Deferred Sentence is available for individuals 16+ to provide structured intervention for people post-conviction but pre-sentence. It is generally reserved for young people, although can be applied to all ages, who have complex needs, which may be address through social work or multi-agency interventions. It provides the opportunities for people to address their needs out with the confines of a Court order prior to a final sentencing appearance at a future date.

Programme Title and Provider

Structured Deferred Sentence

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

This scheme is available locally but has been rarely used. Following an assessment and recommendation the Court may wish to place an individual on a structured deferred sentence to establish a tailored multi-agency plan and subsequent interventions. A report is provided to the Court in preparation for the final sentencing.

Possible Outcomes

Improved health and wellbeing, reduction of risk of offending, needs met through accessing community based services and perhaps a more favorable sentence upon successful completion.

Process for Assessment and/or inclusion in scheme/intervention

Identified within the CJSWR stage although referrals for a Structured Deferred Sentence has been received direct from the Court.

Where no specific scheme/intervention is available, is there capacity to provide a bespoke service based on judicial request?