Restriction of Liberty Order (RLO)

Last updated: 18 September 2017

If you're given a Restriction of Liberty Order (RLO) it means that you'll need to stay in your home between the times ordered by the court.

Whether you're at home is checked by a device, often called a tag, strapped around your ankle.

How it works

Your tag will be checked to make sure you're not leaving the house between the times a court orders you to be at home.

If you leave your home it will set off an alarm and a G4S officer will check why you're not at home.

What happens if you don't follow the rules

If there isn't a good reason for you leaving your house when you're not supposed to, you can be sent back to court to have your order reviewed. This can mean your order could be made longer, or you could be sent to prison.

When a court can use a RLO

A court can give you an RLO when:

  • they want to stop you going outside your home because how you're acting is causing a problem for other people
  • it's better to keep you at home rather than sending you to prison
  • they want to keep you away from certain places

If you're given an RLO you need to:

  • stay where you're ordered to stay during the times the court tells you
  • not attempt to remove or damage the tag, or any other device used
  • not move address without having this confirmed by staff who check your tag
  • not assault staff who check your tag
  • keep away from any places you're ordered to keep away from

If you need to leave a house where you're ordered to stay

When you're tagged you'll be given the details, such as the Freephone number, of a supervisor. You should contact them if you need to leave the house, unless you're in danger, such as if there is a fire in your home.