Adult Pre-sentence Reports
What is a Pre-sentence Report?
A Pre-sentence Report is a report prepared by a Probation Officer which contains information on a person’s character, education, family history, work experience, attitude etc. The Judge, the Crown Attorney, and your lawyer get a copy of the report. If you don't have a lawyer, you should get a copy of the report. The report helps the Court to arrive at a decision on sentencing.
Who can order a Pre-sentence Report?
Crown counsel, defense counsel or an offender (if unrepresented) can make a request to the judge to have a pre-sentence report prepared. The Judge decides if the request is necessary. This request is made after a guilty plea or a determination of guilt, and before the sentencing hearing. The Judge can also order a pre-sentence report without a request from counsel.
Who prepares the Pre-sentence Reports?
Probation Officers prepare all pre-sentence reports requested by the judge for sentencing of an offender.
What information is in a Pre-sentence Report?
Unless otherwise specified by the court, a pre-sentence report must, whenever possible, contain information on the following:
- Offenders age, maturity, character, behaviour, attitude and willingness to make amends.
- History of previous sentences.
- History of any alternative measures used to deal with the offender, and the offenders response to those measures.
- Information on any other matter required by the court.
Is there a cost to have a Pre-sentence Report done?
There is no cost to have a pre-sentence prepared by Probation Services.
Who can I contact for more information?
Manager, Probation Services
42 Great George Street
Telephone: (902) 368-6061