Community Justice in Orkney 


What is Community Justice? 

  • Key Legislation: The Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 

Community Justice is individuals, agencies and services working together to support and supervise people who have committed offences, with the aim to prevent reoffending and promote social inclusion in the community. 

Click here to watch a short video by Community Justice Scotland, Scotland's  advisory and leadership body for Community Justice delivery. 


Who is involved?

The legislation places responsibility on each Scottish Local Authority area to form Community Justice Partnerships, whose purpose is to plan and manage concerned services. The Orkney Community Justice Partnership is formed by statutory and voluntary services and stakeholders, and bring perspectives from both local and national contexts. Orkney's Community Justice Needs Assessment is a key tool for assessing local needs and strengths, and is updated anually. The Orkney Community Justice Parternship considers key elements of a localised Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan (2018-2021) as a guide to progress. 


Community Payback Orders in Orkney

  • Key Legislation: The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010

Community Payback Orders have an important role in promoting community participation and understanding and form the majority of sentences for Orkney Criminal Justice Social Work clients.  Local examples of work undertaken by offenders in Orkney can be found here. For more information on the Community Payback Order in Scotland, click here


If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact Orkney’s Community Justice Co Ordinator via one of the options below:

Email community.justice@orkney.gov.uk

Telephone: 01856 873535 extension 2697

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