What is Probation?

The Court gives any person placed on probation a set of “terms of probation”. These are the rules they have to live by during the term of their probation. The terms may include:

  • Not committing any crimes,
  • Community service,
  • Substance abuse treatment,
  • Along with a variety of other sanctions.

The defendant can also be placed on a variety of levels of supervision depending on the criminal history.  These levels are from Minimum level through Intensive Probation Supervision. The role of the probation officer then is to monitor compliance with these terms. They may, refer to treatment and motivate the client to change behavior.

The Front-line Warrior in the Adult Probation system is the Probation Officer

The probation officer is not a social worker, police officer, Judge. They are just a few people trying to make a big difference in the community. (Some of us even still have hair)

The following is general information about supervision. Your supervising officer will tell you more about your particular order.

What you must do

  • Stay out of trouble.
  • Tell your supervisor immediately, if you change your address or phone number.
  • Be on time for appointments you are given.
  • Take part fully in anything else your supervising officer asks you to do.

What you must not do

  • You must not miss an appointment or be late.
  • You must not turn up under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • You must not upset or threaten other people.
  • You must not make racist, sexist or other offensive remarks.

What happens if you don't keep your appointments

  • If you miss your appointments, you may have to go back to court.
  • You could be sentenced to jail.
  • If you have a good reason for not attending, you should tell us before your appointment.
  • You can be asked to show us proof of your reason for missing an appointment.

What you have a right to expect

  • You should expect to be seen regularly and on time.
  • You should expect to have things explained in a way you understand.
  • You should expect to be treated fairly and with respect.