Community based sentences

Criminal Justice Social Work
Off Block 1
Kilsyth Road Workspace
Kirkintilloch
G66 1QE

Phone: 0141 578 8320

Hours of Service: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


The East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership supervises these orders. Court orders have conditions that must be adhered to, and if the offender fails to comply, they can be taken back to court under breach proceedings.

Fine Supervision

The court can place an offender who has been allowed time to pay a fine under supervision “for the purpose of assisting and advising the offender in regard to payment of the fine”. This must be done where an offender under 21 has been allowed time to pay and is facing custody, unless the court is satisfied that supervision is impractical.

Supervised Attendance Order

This is essentially a fine on an offender’s time and is used as an alternative to imprisonment when an offender fails to pay a fine (it can only be used for a fine and not a compensation order).  The time is used for constructive activity with some social education, financial management education and, sometimes, community service.

Community Payback Order

The Scottish Government has changed the law on community based sentences to make them tougher and more effective. Community Payback Orders (CPO) can be used in courts for offences committed on or after 1 February 2011.  They allow courts to impose one or more of a range of requirements on the offender. 

These requirements are:

  •      Unpaid work or other activity;
  •      Offender supervision;
  •      Compensation;
  •      Programme requirement;
  •      Mental health treatment;
  •      Drug treatment;
  •      Alcohol treatment;
  •      Residence;
  •      Conduct.

Drug Treatment and Testing Order

A Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is used as a way of addressing drug-related offending. All orders have a treatment, testing and court-review requirement, and the offender must give their consent to be given a DTTO.

The length of a DTTO can vary from six months to three years.