Community Payback Order
The Criminal Justice and Licensing Act (Scotland) 2010 came into effect on 1st February 2011. This legislation replaces separate Probation, Community Service and Supervised Attendance Orders with the single sentence of a Community Payback Order (CPO) . The order enables courts to impose one or more of a range of requirements on the offender, including:
- Unpaid work or other activity;
- Offender Supervision;
- Drug Treatment;
- Alcohol Treatment;
- Mental Health Treatment.
These measures are designed to ensure that offenders make reparation for their offences and take responsibility for addressing their offending behaviour.
Community payback is intended to enhance public confidence and to improve understanding of the positive impact that projects and initiatives can have on communities and on offenders' behaviour. A key feature of the new legislation is that local authorities are required to consult local communities as to the nature of the unpaid work undertaken by offenders in their local area.
Further information about the community payback order is available on the Scottish Government Website www.scotland.gov.uk