Community Justice

Community Justice is where individuals, agencies and services work together to support, manage and supervise people who have committed offences. This will happen from the point of arrest, through prosecution, community disposal or custody and alternatives to these, until they are reintegrated into the community.

Local communities and the third sector are a vital part of this process which aims to prevent and reduce further offending and the harm that it causes, to promote desistance, social inclusion, and citizenship. 

Click here to watch a short video about Community Justice in Scotland. If you would like to give your opinion on the video or have any other comments to make in relation to Community Justice, our contact details are at the bottom of this page.

Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan

An initial one year plan, the Orkney Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan, was produced earlier this year and advises how we intend to take forward arrangements for local strategic planning and delivery of Community Justice services during 2017-18.

The Orkney Community Justice Outcomes Improvement Plan 2017-18 is available to view here. 

We will be working throughout the rest of the year to produce a longer term plan which will be implemented from April 2018. If you would like to know more or would like to get involved, please contact us on the details at the bottom of the page.  

Community Justice Partnerships

With the introduction of the Community Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 earlier this year, Community Justice Partnerships are establishing themselves across all 32 Local Authority areas in Scotland to manage local planning and delivery of Community Justice.  More about the role of these Partnerships and information on the local Community Justice Partnership can be found on the 'Community Justice Partnership' page.

Community Justice Needs Assessment

A Community Justice Needs Assessment has been drawn up by the Community Justice Partnership in order to consider the specific Community Justice issues in Orkney. It is based on the particular needs profile of Orkney and includes factors such as alcohol and drug profiles, health and crime profiles, housing needs, opportunities for education, training and employment.  The Community Justice Needs Assessment can be viewed here.

Community Justice Scotland

Community Justice Scotland is a new executive non-departmental public body, governed by a Board of members, which became fully operational on 1st April 2017. They will provide national, professional and strategic leadership and independent assurance to Scottish Ministers and Local Government Leaders on the delivery of outcomes for community justice. More information about Community Justice Scotland can be found here.


If you would like further information, or wish to become more involved in Community Justice, you can email community.justice@orkney.gov.uk, or contact:

Community Justice Coordinator
Orkney Island Council
School Place
Kirkwall KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535 extension 2650