Time served

In criminal law, "time served" describes a sentence where the defendant is credited immediately after the guilty verdict with the time spent in remand awaiting trial. The time is usually subtracted from the sentence, with only the balance being served after the verdict. For example, the final verdict in the trial of Louise Woodward was that she was guilty, and her sentence was "time served" (in her case, 279 days). In this case, this meant she was immediately released.

In some cases, time served may earn credit at a different rate than regular incarceration. For example, the defendant may get credit for a multiple of the amount of time spent in remand, for example, two times, so that two months in remand gives four months' credit toward the sentence.[1]


  1. ^ "Correctional Good-Time Credits in Southern States" - Todd Edwards - May 2001 - Regional Resource - Knowledge Center. Retrieved 9 July 2011.