Community Sentences

Community Sentences can be given by the court as an alternative to a prison sentence. Community sentences can often be an effective way to both punish and rehabilitate participants and therefore reducing re-offending using requirements of the order to effectively tackle offending behaviour and inappropriate attitudes and reintegrate participants into their local community.

There are 11 requirements that the court can consider giving a participant on an order. These can be used in different combinations tailoring it to the specific individual, the court will take into account:

  • Seriousness of the offence
  • Likelihood of re-offending
  • Risk of harm to the community
  • What work needs to be done to change specific behaviour

A community order will usually include 1 - 4 requirements that a participant must adhere to to complete the order. The 11 requirements that a court can use are:

  • Rehabilitation Activity Requirement
  • Community Payback
  • Accredited programmes
  • Drug Rehabilitation
  • Alcohol Treatment
  • Curfew
  • Mental Health treatment
  • Residence
  • Exclusion
  • Prohibited Activity
  • Attendance Centre


Updated on Monday January 29, 2018.