Community Corrections Orders (CCO’s) are serious orders and can form part of sentences handed down by Courts in relation to a range of offences, which can be imposed instead of or in addition to sentences of up to 12 months imprisonment. CCO’s can be handed down in relation to even very serious offences, which hold a maximum duration of 5 years.
However, they are not simple nor lenient sentences. They impose a range of conditions, decided by the sentencing Magistrate or Judge, after Corrections assesses the accused person’s suitability for the order and recommends certain conditions.
These conditions may include:
- intensive compliance periods;
- supervision by the Department of Corrections;
- treatment conditions;
- community work;
- non-association conditions;
- a residential restriction condition;
- place or area exclusion conditions;
- a curfew;
- an alcohol restriction condition;
- a judicial monitoring condition; and
- an electronic monitoring condition.
CCO’s can last for up to 5 years and can be onerous on the person. Sometimes people on CCO’s face situations which make compliance with the orders difficult. In such situations, the offender can apply for a variation of the order to the Court which sentenced them, or apply to the Secretary for a suspension of the order. However, if these steps are not taken and variation or suspension achieved, the offender may be charged with a breach (a criminal offence) and have to appear in Court.
If you have been charged with a breach of a CCO, you should seek legal advice in relation to your options.