Tod and Mitchell specialise in all aspects of criminal defence work and regularly appear in criminal courts throughout Scotland dealing with cases in the High Court of Justiciary, the Sheriff Court and the Justice of the Peace Court.
Why use us?
Tod and Mitchell and our team of highly respected and experienced solicitors are well-known for our professional approach, vast knowledge of law and high percentage of case wins. Our head office is based in Paisley giving us the perfect central location for working with clients attending courts in Glasgow, Paisley, Dumbarton, Greenock and many more courts across Scotland.
Specialist Parole Solicitors Paisley
Parole is the conditional release of an offender from custody under the supervision of a social worker. When an offender is granted Parole, they serve the unexpired portion of their prison sentence in the community.
Offenders who do not obtain Parole and are released at the end of their sentence are not subject to the supervision, support and ongoing rehabilitation in the community that Parole provides.
It is the Parole Board in Scotland who decide whether a particular offender will be released on Parole. In deciding whether to grant the release of an offender on Parole, the Board’s primary consideration is community safety and whether the risk that a person poses can be appropriately managed in the community.
The purpose of Parole is to supervise and support the reintegration of offenders into the community. This supervision and support benefits the wider community by reducing the risk that offenders will commit further offences when released into the community.
The Parole Board
The Parole Board for Scotland is a Tribunal non-departmental public body whose members are appointed by Scottish Ministers. The Board operate independently from the Scottish Government.
Directions made to Scottish Ministers by the Board about early release of an offender are binding, with the exception of deportation cases and applications for compassionate release in which cases the Board will offer advice only.
Scottish Ministers refer cases to the Parole Board at the appropriate stage in their sentence and the Parole Board can only consider cases referred to it by Scottish Ministers.
When a case is referred to the Parole Board, the offender is served with what is known as a “Parole Dossier”. This is a collection of reports, which normally includes a report from the sentencing Judge, details of any previous convictions, progress reports from staff within the prison, a report from the prison based social worker and a report from a community based social worker.
You should ideally contact Tod & Mitchell as soon as you receive your Parole dossier and we can arrange for an experienced solicitor to visit you in custody to go over the contents of the Parole dossier and if necessary assist you with drafting any written submissions which you may wish to make. Our Solicitors at Tod & Mitchell have considerable experience in doing this and we can offer advice in considering the issue of Parole which may make a significant difference to the outcome of your Parole application.
The Board is interested in your behaviour in prison, your offending history, your background and your plans for release. It will be interested in your behaviour in prison, your offending history, your background and your plans for release. It will be interested to know whether you have taken any positive steps to address issues or addiction problems which may have contributed to your offending behaviour. In certain circumstances, it may be possible to apply for an oral hearing before a Parole Tribunal and this again is something which Tod & Mitchell can assist you with.
There is no appeal against the decision of the Parole Board to refuse the direct release. The only method of having the decision reviewed is to ask your Solicitor to apply for a Judicial Review of the case. For this reason it is essential that you take sound legal advice at the outset to assist you in presenting your case for Parole in the best possible way.