A court order that allows an accused to be supervised in the community. The breach of a probation order is a crime.
A court order that releases a convicted person under supervision and with direction to obey certain conditions.
A sentence that requires the offender to obey certain stipulated conditions. Some conditions, for example, keeping the peace and being of good behaviour, are compulsory in every probation order. Other conditions are left to the judge’s discretion. Probation is only available where the offence does not carry a mandatory jail term. The probation order can be no more than three years in duration. It is a federal criminal offence to violate any term of probation without a reasonable excuse.