Area of Law – Sentencing

An Article about Community Based Order sentence in criminal cases

Community Based Order in Criminal cases
Many of our cases result in our clients being placed on Community Based Orders.

A Community Based Order, also referred to as a CBO, is an sentence that is not custodial, that may be up to 2 years in duration. It is an order, generally, to undertake community work; which may include working at the Salvation Army or similar, for a nominated amount of hours per week, or a CBO may not have a work component and may be to undergo assessment and treatment of a psychiatric or drug condition, or to take part in a special program.

The purpose of a CBO is mainly to facilitate rehabilitation and help with the issues that are causing the offending.

Being placed on a CBO normally involves an assessment by a Corrections worker at the Court. They will ask questions about your willingness to comply with the order and generally about your life and your offending.

Being placed on a CBO normally involves an assessment by a Corrections worker at the Court. They will ask questions about your willingness to comply with the order and generally about your life and your offending.

The assessment is ordered by the Magistrate or Judge who is hearing your matter.

If you do not comply with the conditions, you may then be charged on a breach offence. The Magistrate will then determine how to deal with the breach offence. They can continue with the order or cancel it and they may re-sentence you on the original offences.

 

Date: 01/09/2009