42. Restrictions on imposing community sentences.

A court1 must not pass a community order2 or (in respect of a person aged under 183) a youth rehabilitation order4 — ie a 'community sentence'5 — on an offender unless it is of the opinion that the offence, or the combination of the offence and one or more offences associated6 with it, was serious enough to warrant such a sentence7.

Where a court passes a community sentence:


    (1)     the particular requirement or requirements forming part of the community order or youth rehabilitation order comprised in the sentence must be such as, in the opinion of the court, is, or