If you would prefer to view this site without moving graphics please click here Dismiss This Dialogue
Essex Probation

Going to Court

At court

If you are found guilty of an offence, the court could ask Probation for a report on you. This is usually called a Pre-Sentence Report. The court may say what questions about you they would like the Court Officer to cover, and in most cases either an oral or written report will be prepared on the same day. In some cases, the court could adjourn the case and put off sentencing until a longer report can be prepared. You will usually be told of the ‘adjournment date'(when you must return to court) before you leave court. Where this is not possible, we will either call you on your mobile or send a letter with an appointment at our local office to discuss your offences and your situation. You must make this appointment a high priority.

What will the report contain?

The Court will want to know why you committed the offence and whether you understand the consequences of your actions, as well as any impact that this may have had on your victim(s). It will also provide the court with information about the risk of you committing another offence and whether you pose a risk of harm to others. The officer preparing the report will be suggesting to the court a sentence that they think is right for your circumstances and your offence(s), and what is most likely to prevent you committing more crime. It is up to the court to make the final decision, take into account all the information they have already received, as well as the Pre-Sentence Report.

After sentence

Should the court make a Community Order, they will usually make it clear in court if Probation will be supervising you, including details of any extra requirements that the court might want you to be involved in, which we will arrange. Please speak to Probation before leaving court. You will be given your first appointment with Probation. This is important: failure to take part will almost certainly result in you being taken back to court.

You can see how important it is to talk honestly to us from the beginning. Your supervising officer needs to understand you. If you understand what they are expecting from you, and you put in the work, you are likely to succeed. They will want to help you do that.