This is when the final decision about a sentence is postponed to another date for the offender to be of good behaviour during that time. The sentence is usually postponed for between 3 to 12 months. Other conditions can sometimes be added, such as attending counselling or repaying money. The sentence will depend on how the offender has behaved. If the offender has stayed out of trouble, then the sentence will normally be lower than if they get into trouble.
Detention is when youths aged 16 to 21 are sent to a young offenders’ institution, rather than prison.
This is a custodial sentence where the judge sets the fixed length of time the offender will spend in prison, or in a young offenders' institution, before being released into the community. However, the offender will not necessarily spend the whole of this time in prison (see Automatic Early Release).
The diet is the date fixed by the court for hearing a particular stage of a case. For instance a ‘pleading diet’ is when accused are asked to state whether they plead guilty or not guilty.
A disposal is the sentence or outcome of a criminal case.
Drug Treatment and Testing Orders
These orders are designed to assist offenders to reduce their drug use and related offending.