The criminal justice social work department identify and provide services for those people on, or at risk of, a custodial remand who, if subject to supervision, could be considered for bail. This could be before trial or before sentence.
As well as supervision there is also provision for services which facilitate the protection of the public by addressing the potential risk of re-offending by bailees while on bail.
Bail supervision schemes identify individuals, based on assessed need, who require a level of intensive support and would suffer extreme difficulties if sent to custody. Under Bail Supervision, priority should be given to those with mental health problems, women accused, single parents and young people aged between 16 and 17.
The worker will obtain information about you from:
- the Procurator Fiscal
- the Police
- the Social Work Service
- any other relevant agency
If you are assessed as suitable and the Court agrees that Bail should be granted :
- bail supervision will normally involve you attending for two office appointments a week with your supervising officer
- once a week in the early stages of supervision one home visit will be carried out and if required, particularly in relation to non attendance, more home visits will be carried out
- the level of contact can be reviewed and either increaed or decreased, dependent on the length of the period of supervision or if your circumstances change
- a progess report will be provided to the Court dealing with your compliance
- supervision may include the provision of specific suport packages and referral on to specific agencies
Criminal Justice Services
Tel: 01592 583657 Fax: 01592 583646 Contact Criminal Justice Services online