Court Reports

Standard Delivery Reports

A Standard Delivery Report (SDR) is usually requested when the offence is relatively serious and the offender poses a risk to others.  The SDR will look at the reasons why the person committed the offence, their attitude to any victims and their degree of culpability.  The offender will be interviewed by a probation officer who will assess the offender’s risk of harm and risk of reconviction before outlining a proposal to be put before the court.  SDRs should be produced within 15 days.

Fast Delivery Reports

A Fast Delivery Report takes less time to complete than a Standard Delivery Report.  It covers the same issues as a Standard Delivery Report but in less detail.  FDRs are not suitable for sentencing offenders who have complex needs or where the offender may present a significant risk of harm to others.  Where possible FDRs are completed on the same day as the court hearing or within five days.

Oral Reports

Oral Reports are provided on the day by the court duty probation officer.  They may be appropriate for the same range of cases as a Fast-Delivery Report, particularly where the offender may already be currently or recently known to the probation service.  Oral Reports are not suitable for sentencing offenders who have complex needs or where the offender may present a significant risk of harm to others.