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Community Corrections Order

The experienced team at Streeton Lawyers can help you understand the sentencing options relevant to your matter and help you achieve the best result possible. One such sentencing option is a Community Corrections Order (CCO).

A CCO involves the court convicting the offender without imposing a period of imprisonment. A CCO can be imposed in addition to a fine and will commence on the date on which it is made for a period of up to 3 years.

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    Standard conditions

    The standard conditions of a CCO include:

    • The offender must not commit any offence, and
    • The offender must appear before the court if called on to do so at any time during the CCO

    Additional conditions

    Additional conditions can also be imposed by a Court at the time of sentence, or subsequently on the application of a community corrections officer or offender.

    The additional conditions include:

    • A curfew condition imposing a specified curfew (not exceeding 12 hours in any period of 24 hours),
    • A community service work condition for a specified number of hours (not exceeding 500 hours or the number of hours prescribed by the regulations in respect of the class of offences to which the relevant offence belongs, whichever is the lesser),
    • A condition requiring the offender to participate in a rehabilitation program or to receive treatment,
    • An condition requiring abstention from alcohol or drugs or both
    • A non-association conditions
    • A place restriction condition prohibiting the frequenting of or visits to a particular place or area,
    • A supervision condition requiring the offender to submit to supervision by a community corrections officer or if the offender was under the age of 18 years when the condition was imposed, by a juvenile justice officer until the offender has reached that age. (the functions of a Community corrections officer can be exercised by a juvenile justice officer and vice versa – s 89(2A)
    • Any other condition that the court considers appropriate, but not including electronic monitoring or a curfew condition exceeding 12 hours in any period of 24 hours

    For domestic violence offences, the Court must impose a supervised CRO unless the Court is satisfied that a different sentencing option is more appropriate in the circumstances.

    If any of the imposed conditions of community corrections order are breached, a Court can call on the person to appear before a Court and resentence the person.