Please use the index below to go to a section within this page:
- Absolute Discharge
- Conditional Discharge
- Compensation Order
- Parental Bind-over
- Reparation Order
- Attendance Centre Order
- Action Plan
- Supervision Order/Supervision Order with Specified Activities (including ISSP)
- Community Punishment Order (16+)
- Deferred Sentence
- Parenting Orders
- Detention and Training Orders
- Drug Treatment and Testing Order (16+)
- Antisocial Behaviour Order
1. Absolute Discharge
The Court takes no action other than formally to acknowledge the offender's guilt.
2. Conditional Discharge
The Court takes no action but, if the young person is convicted again within a fixed period of time, they will be re-sentenced for this offence, and the new one.
Monetary penalty imposed by the Court upon the young person or the parent.
4. Compensation Order
Monetary value of damage/harm suffered, paid to the victim via the Court by the young person or the parent.
5. Parental Bind-over
Besides passing a sentence on the young person, the Courts can bindover their parents to prevent further offending.
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6. Reparation Order
This order can require the young person to make reparation to a specific individual or the community at large. The order must not involve the young person in more than 24 hours, and be completed within three months of making the order.
7. Attendance Centre Order
There are centres at Guildford, Hounslow and Croydon. Young people must attend for 2 hours, twice a month. A sentence lasts for between 12 and 36 hours.
8. Action Plan Order
An action plan will be of three month's duration and is an intensive community sentence including requirements for the young person to take part in specified activities. It is tailored to the individual needs of the young person to address offending behaviour and may include specified activities such as group work, attendance at an attendance centre, and reparation.
9. Supervision Order/Supervision Order with Specified Activities (including ISSP)
These orders may last between 3 months and 3 years. The young person is required to see a YJS worker twice a week in the early stages, then less frequently for the remainder of the order if good process is made. Specified activities may be attached to this order to address particular factors in the young person's life, or to require reparation to the community. The Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme is made as a requirement of a Supervision Order (see ISSP)
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10. Community Punishment Order (16+)
Young people must spend free time undertaking practical work of benefit to the community. The maximum sentence is 240 hours, the minimum is 40 hours.
12. Deferred Sentence
Sentence may be deferred for up to 6 months if the Court feels it would be in the interests of justice to do so.
13. Parenting Orders
This order may be imposed for up to 1 year and requires parents to comply with any requirements of the order, and to attend counselling or guidance sessions not more than once a week for a period of 3 months. The order is available for the parents of any young person convicted of an offence, provided the Court is satisfied that the order will assist in preventing further offending.
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14. Detention and Training Orders
The order is available for 12 to 17 years olds for any imprisonable offence serious enough to justify custody. For 12 to 14 year olds to satisfy the criteria the court has decide that they are persistent young offenders. The order can be imposed for periods between 4 months and 2 years. Half the order will be spent in custody and half in the community under supervision, so that training commenced in custody can be continued after release into the community. If the supervision in the community is breached (not complied with) the young person may be returned to the youth court which can either fine or further detain the young person. Longer sentences are available from the Crown Court for very serious offences.
15. Drug Treatment and Testing Order (16+)
Available to the Courts when sentencing for drug-related offending as an alternative to custody, and will require a mandatory treatment regime with regular testing.
16. Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO)
These can be made on application of the Local Authority, the Police or housing association and apply to children over 10 and adults whohave caused harassment, alarm or distress and are considered likely to carry out further antisocial behaviour. An ASBO can be made either following a stand alone application in a civil court or following criminal proceedings in a Youth or Crown court (known as a 'bolt-on' ASBO).