In criminal law
, "time served
" describes a sentence
where the defendant
is credited immediately after the guilty verdict
with the time spent in remand
. 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 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, say 2 times, so that 2 months in remand gives 4 months credit toward the sentence.
Time served is also a term used to indicate a craftsman has spent the required period as an apprentice.