Justice social work

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

A Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is a Statutory Order imposed by the Court for those individuals whose drug use is an integral part of their offending behaviour. It is aimed at reducing/eliminating drug offending behaviour. It is a direct alternative to custody and is closely monitored by the Court.

The service is provided by the Criminal Justice Service and Community Alcohol and Drugs Service Shetland.

The Order can be for duration of 6 months to 3 years and can be varied or amended dependant on progress.

Failure to comply with a DTTO can result in the imposition of a custodial sentence.

This is an intensive Order and the individual must be highly motivated to participate in a treatment programme which will address their drug use. Frequent drug testing and monthly appearances at Court is a standard condition of the Order.