Good behaviour orders
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What is a good behaviour order?
A good behavior order is an undertaking (this is a promise that you will do certain things) that you make to the court when you have been sentenced for a crime.
Getting a good behaviour order means that:
- you can keep living in the community while you get support to work on why you became involved in crime AND
- you have to follow certain rules (the rules are called ‘conditions’).
There are many different kinds of conditions and these will be written on your good behaviour order. Keeping to the conditions of your order is called ‘compliance’ or ‘complying with your conditions’. This is very important.
What are good behaviour order ‘conditions’?
There are some conditions that everyone on a good behaviour order will have (these are called ‘core conditions’). When you agree to a good behaviour order, you are saying to the court that you:
- will not commit any more crimes while you are on your order
- will tell the court if you change your address or other contact details (do this within 2 days)
- will tell the court if you are charged with a new crime (do this within 2 days)
- will goto court if the police ask you to
- will follow any conditions set by the courts
What about other conditions on an order?
Sometimes the court will give you extra conditions that you must also follow. Any other conditions will be written on your order, they could be things like:
- Supervision condition
This means that you must go to the Child and Youth Protection Service after you go to court. (There is a map on the back page to show how to get there). When you get there, someone called a case manager will meet with you. Your case manager can also give you what’s called ‘reasonable directions’.
These are like extra conditions you have to do that your case manager thinks will help you. Your case manager will meet with you regularly to make sure that your reasonable directions are right for you.
Your case manager can help you to follow your conditions. But they will also tell the court if you are not following your order conditions or reasonable directions.
Remember: If you receive a supervision condition then you must have permission from the Child and Youth Protection Service if you want to leave the ACT for more than 24 hours.
- Rehabilitation program condition The court can include a rehabilitation program condition, if it thinks this will assist you to address the factors that led to your offending. This means you must go to a program to help you with your use of drugs and alcohol.
Your case manager will support you to undertake the rehabilitation program and tell you how long you have to stay on the program. They will also check how you are going with the program.
- Education and training condition
The court can decide that you need help to finish school or complete training to help you get a job. Your case manager will support you to enrol in the program that is right for you and check on how you are going with the program.
- Community service work condition
The court can also order you to do community service work.
This means that you must do a certain number of hours of work in a certain amount of time helping a community organisation. The number of hours will be between 20 and 200, and how long you have to do the work will be on your order.
Your case manager will link you with a place to complete your work hours. They will also check on your attendance and your behaviour while you’re there.
Remember: If you have a community service condition, then you must not test positive for alcohol and/or other drugs when you go to the work placement.
Any other condition set by the court
The court has lots of options when deciding on ‘other conditions’ for a good behaviour order.
So depending on your situation, the court might also say that:
- you can’t drive or operate a vehicle
- you have to be regularly tested for drug or alcohol use (this means you will have to provide a urine sample)
- you have to live at a certain address (like your family home).
What if you don’t keep to your order?
Keeping to your good behaviour order (and all the conditions) is very important. If you don’t, it’s called ‘breaching’ and this is serious.
- have a warrant issued for your arrest by police
- be placed back on bail
- have extra conditions put on your order
- have your order extended
- receive a tougher penalty.
How long is a good behaviour order?
This will be written on your order and will depend on your situation.
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