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Community Justice

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: Matt Mason, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Vice-Chair: Chief Inspector Lindsay Tulloch, Police Scotland

Coordinator: Rachel McDill, Community 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 743888

email: communityplanning@shetland.gov.uk




Shetland Community Justice Partnership Terms of Reference

Shetland Community Justice Local Outcome Improvement Plan

The Shetland Community Justice Plan 2020-22 identifies a shared vision and priorities to work towards to reduce offending and reoffending, and to improve outcomes for those affected by the justice system. Please check back for plans detailing arrangements to be introduced or developed to deliver these outcomes and achieve the best possible outcomes for our communities. 

Shetland Community Justice Plan 2020-22

Previous plans:

Shetland Community Justice Plan 2017-2020 

Shetland Community Justice Partnership Annual Reports

Annual Report for 2019-20 can be accessed here.

Annual report for 2018-19 can be accessed here.

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:

Community Justice Scotland    

Navigating Scotland's Justice System

To improve the justice system, we must first understand it, the processes involved and the complexities that people face when navigating it.

Community Justice Scotland have created an interactive, digital map which outlines the key stages of the Scottish justice system. This first-of-its-kind map shows the range of possible journeys from an alleged crime through to multiple exit points, providing key information and statistics about each step. The resource can be accessed here.


If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744420

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744468

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780