Pre-sentence report

Filed Under: Criminal Law

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A report on the personal and family history and present environment of a young person prepared in accordance with section 40 of the YCJA for use at a sentencing hearing. A pre-sentence report (often referred to as a PSR) is prepared by a youth worker or probation officer. A pre-sentence report is usually prepared for a sentencing hearing, but it can also be prepared for use at a hearing to determine whether to impose an adult sentence. Under the YOA, this type of report was referred to as a pre-disposition report (PDR).


A report that summarizes the accused’s family life, personal situation, and background, which may be ordered of a probation officer by the judge prior to sentencing. This report is used to help the judge decide on an appropriate sentence for the offender.

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