The OLR became available to the high court in 2006. As of 31 March 2021, there are a total of 206 individuals with an OLR (active).

    Risk Assessment Orders

    This chart shows the number of Risk Assessment Orders instructed by the High Court since the introduction of the Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR).



    After conviction, if a Judge in the high court considers that the risk criteria may be met, they may issue a Risk Assessment Order (RAO). 15 RAO were issued in 2020-21.

    OLR Imposed

    This chart shows the number of Orders for Lifelong Restriction (OLR) imposed since the introduction of the sentence.


    Every individual with an OLR will have an RMP. The RMA must evaluate and approve all RMPs, in 2020-21 the team evaluated 129 – approving 120 and rejecting nine


    An Annual Implementation Report informs the RMA how measures laid out in the RMP are being implemented. In 2020-21 the team evaluated 176 AIRs, issuing guidance on 91 and rejecting seven.

    Risk Management Plans and Annual Implementation Reports

    This chart shows the number of Risk Management Plans approved and Annual Implementation Reports reviewed by the RMA since the introduction of the OLR.

    OLR Distribution by Age Category

    The figure below provides a breakdown of the numbers of OLR’s by age at time of receiving the sentence.

    Earliest Date of Liberation

    The chart below shows the number of OLR offenders in 2019-20 who have passed their Earliest Date of Liberation, this date is different from the punishment part expiry date associated with their OLR.

    Punishment Part

    When imposing an OLR, the judge must set a ‘punishment part’ of the OLR which is the minimum time the offender must spend in prison before being considered by the Parole Board for Scotland for release into the community. This chart shows the punishment part in months from 2006 – 2020.

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