Youth Pre-sentence Reports
What is a Pre-sentence Report?
A Pre-sentence Report is a report prepared by a Youth Justice Worker and contains information on a person’s character, education, family history, work experience, attitude, etc. The Judge, the Crown Attorney, your lawyer and you will 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?
Youth Justice Workers 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, previous/current education/employment, family background, financial status, health, leisure, impact on victim, 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?
Youth Justice Worker