The Community Order
When deciding on a sentence, Magistrates and Judges have a basic choice between a prison sentence, a Community Order, a Suspended Sentence Order, a fine or conditional discharge.
The Community Order allows magistrates and judges to tailor-make a different sentence for each offender, based on their offences and their circumstances, by choosing from a range of 12 different requirements.
The 12 requirements that sentencers can choose from are:
- Alcohol Treatment Requirement
- Attendance Centre Requirement
- Community Payback (Unpaid Work)
- Curfew Requirement
- Drug Rehabilitation Requirement
- Exclusion from certain areas
- Mental Health Treatment Requirement
- Activity Requirement
- Prohibition from certain activities
- Residence Requirement
- Supervision Requirement
- Restriction on foreign travel
In West Yorkshire an Intensive Community Order is also available. This is made up of a number of the above Requirements.
All Community Orders must include a punitive element. This can include Community Payback, Curfew, Prohibition, Residence Requirement or a fine.