What is Community Justice?
Community Justice is about preventing and reducing further offending by addressing the underlying causes.
It is where individuals, agencies and services work together to support, manage and supervise people with convictions or with a history of offending. It aims to reduce offending behaviour and the harm that offending causes, and promote social inclusion and citizenship.
This approach will transform the Community Justice landscape, bringing a new perspective which places planning at a local level so that decisions can be made by people who know their area best. Involving communities, the third sector and people with lived experience of the criminal justice system in the planning and delivery of community solutions are a vital part of this process.
This document summarises the range of community options that can be used as alternatives to prosecution, remand and custody in Scotland.
The Shetland Community Justice Partnership want to secure the best possible outcomes for people with convictions, victims and witnesses, families and communities. We want to safely and effectively manage and support those who have committed offences to help them reintegrate and realise their potential for the benefit of the whole community. We want to make sure that people with convictions, victims and witnesses, families and communities have access to the support they need to recover from the impact of crime.
Chair: Vaila Simpson, Executive Manager – Community Planning and Development, Shetland Islands Council (Interim Chair)
Coordinator: Rachel McDill, Community Safety and Justice Officer, Shetland Islands council
Contact: Shetland Islands Council, Community Planning and Development, Solarhus, 3 North Ness Business Park, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LZ
telephone: 01595 7443888
Shetland Community Justice Local Outcome Improvement Plan.
The plan sets out how community justice partners and stakeholders in Shetland are working together to design, develop and deliver services that will improve outcomes for people involved in community justice:
Community Justice Scotland
One of the core principles of community justice is that decisions for communities should be taken locally by the people who understand their communities best. Community Justice Scotland is the national agency which supports community justice partners to work towards better outcomes, providing leadership, information and advice on implementing local plans.
For more information about Community Justice Scotland please visit their website: