This sentencing option involves the court convicting the offender, however without imposing a period of imprisonment or a fine, discharging the person on a Conditional Release Order (CRO). A CRO will generally be imposed with a conviction, however the court does have a discretion to impose a CRO without recording a conviction.
A CRO will commence on the date on which it is made, and can be imposed for a period of up to 2 years.
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The standard conditions of a CRO 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 term of the CRO.
However, 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 condition requiring the offender to participate in a rehabilitation program or to receive treatment,
- A condition requiring abstention from alcohol or drugs or both,
- A non-association condition
- A place restriction condition,
- A supervision condition by a community corrections officer, or if the offender was under the age of 18 years when the condition
- 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 are breached, a Court can call on the person to appear before a Court and resentence the person.