Supervision is a rehabilitative community-based sentence that requires offenders to address the causes of their offending. Offenders can be sentenced to supervision for between six months and one year.
Only a sentencing judge can impose supervision. They may take into account a pre-sentence report and recommendation from a probation officer who has assessed the person’s offending needs and what sentence and programmes are likely to be most suitable.
Offenders will have standard and possibly special conditions imposed under supervision. Offenders report to a probation officer who will explain the requirements and conditions of the sentence, including how often they have to report.
Standard conditions include:
Special conditions include:
Probation officers work with offenders on supervision to:
If offenders are not meeting the requirements of their sentence, probation officers can take the offender back to court on a breach charge. If convicted for breaching or not meeting the requirements of the sentence, the court may impose up to three months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to $1000.
The probation officer can also apply to the court for a review of sentence and ask for the offender to be re-sentenced on the original charge.
In addition to supervision, the court may also sentence the offender to:
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