Government of New Brunswick

Overview

Probation is a sentence of the court that allows a young person/adult offender, to remain in the community under specific conditions.

Eligibility

Probation can last up to three years and includes one or a combination of the following conditions:
• report to a probation officer;
• abstain from alcohol and/or the nonmedical use of drugs;
• perform community service;
• obtain psychiatric treatment;
• attend school;
• abstain from owning or possessing firearms;
• abstain from contact or association with certain persons;
• abstain from operating a motor vehicle;
• observe a specified curfew;
• participate and complete specific programs such as anger management or mental health counselling, under the supervision of a probation officer; and
• any other condition that might reasonably restrict the young person/adult offender and encourage a law-abiding lifestyle.

Description

In many instances, the court requires more information about a young person/adult offender before passing sentence and may ask a probation officer to prepare a Pre-Sentence Report. This report provides background information about the young person/adult offender’s character, family involvement, peer group, employment, education and any other relevant information which helps the court to arrive at a decision on sentencing.

In addition to the pre-sentence report, the court also considers:
• the nature of the offence;
• protection and consideration of the community;
• victim impact statement; and
• any other information readily available at the time of sentence.

Probation is designed to encourage the young person/adult offender to become a more responsible person in the community and to live a law-abiding life, without necessarily being sentenced to custody.