Community Sentences

Community Payback Order

A Community Payback Order (CPO) is a direct alternative to a prison sentence. A CPO can be imposed for a maximum of three years. The CPO can consist of one or several of the following requirements:


Unpaid work – An individual may be directed to ‘payback’ the community by undertaking a specified amount of hours of unpaid work by a specific date supervised by Inverclyde Criminal Justice Service;


Supervision – An individual may be directed to attend for regular meetings with Inverclyde Criminal Justice Service to address factors associated with risks of offending. This will likely involve undertaking offence focused work based on specific needs;


Programme – An individual may be directed to complete a specific programme of intervention designed to further address specific identified risk factors as part of Supervision. This may be completed on an individualised or group work basis;


Compensation – A monetary penalty may be imposed requiring an individual to pay a financial sum of a specific amount within a specified time frame;


Residence – An individual can be directed to remain at a specified place of accommodation.


Conduct – An individual may be directed to do, or not do certain things as a requirement of a CPO.


Mental health treatment – If an individual has a diagnosed mental health difficulty which directly influences offending behaviours, a mental health treatment requirement can be imposed to encourage relevant support and treatment; 


Drug treatment – If there is a drug related issue identified, an individual may be directed to engage with relevant treatment to address this;


Alcohol treatment - If there is an alcohol related issue identified, an individual may be directed to engage with relevant treatment to address this;


Drug Treatment and Testing Order

A Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is a disposal designed to specifically address drug dependency. It is suitable for individuals who have a number of convictions related to problematic drug use. A DTTO assessment is undertaken by Inverclyde Criminal Justice Service prior to a DTTO being imposed.

If an individual is undergoing a DTTO assessment they would be directed to attend several appointments, disclose previous drug use and be open about continued drug use. They will also be drug tested. They must demonstrate the motivation to address drug dependency.  

The maximum length of a DTTO is three years. An individual will be required to engage in drug related treatment, be regularly tested for drug use, and attend regular Court reviews to monitor compliance and progress throughout a DTTO.


Restriction of Liberty Order

A Restriction of Liberty Order (ROLO) is a curfew. The hours of curfew are set by the person sentencing.

A ROLO assessment report is undertaken by Inverclyde Criminal Justice Service prior to a ROLO being imposed. The householder must consent to have electronic equipment installed within the property and there must be electricity to the property.

The individual subject to curfew is required to wear an electronic monitoring device (also known as a tag). It is designed to reduce opportunity for offending behaviours by restricting movement.     


Monetary Penalty 

A monetary penalty is a fine. An individual is required to pay a specific sum of money by a specified time. Fines are usually payable to the Sheriff Clerks Office at Greenock Court.   


Deferred Sentence

A deferred sentence means no sentence is imposed by Court at this moment in time. A date will be set in the future when the individual is required to attend Court to review the deferred period of time, and the person sentencing will decide if a sentence is required.



Custody is a period of imprisonment. An individual subject to a custodial sentence will travel from Court directly to prison. Depending on the type and length of custodial sentence imposed, the individual may or may not be subject to a period of Supervision upon their release known as Throughcare.     

Page last updated: 29 January 2019