Community order requirements
Community order requirements

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Community order requirements
  • Community orders—availability
  • Community order requirements
  • Enforcement and supervision
  • Duty to obtain permission before changing residence
  • Unpaid work requirement
  • Concurrent/consecutive unpaid work requirements
  • Rehabilitation activity requirement
  • Programme requirement
  • Prohibited activity requirement
  • More...

This Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that applies from 1 December 2020, as set out in Parts 2–13 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020). For those considering whether the Sentencing Code applies to their case, see Practice Note: Sentencing Code.

Community orders—availability

Community order requirements are set out in the Sentencing Code at SA 2020, ss 200, 201 as well as SA 2020, Sch 9.

In the Sentencing Code, the term ‘community order’ is defined as meaning an order imposing one or more community order requirements (see below: Community order requirements).

A community order must impose at least one community order requirement for the purposes of punishment unless the court also imposes a fine or there are exceptional circumstances relating to the offence or to the offender which would make it unjust in all the circumstances for the court to impose a requirement for the purposes of punishment in the particular case, and would also make it unjust in all the circumstances for the court to impose a fine.

A community order must specify a date (end date) or dates by which all the requirements in it must have been complied with. Each requirement imposed may also have its own end date so long as none exceed the overall end date.

A community order cannot last for more

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