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ACT CORRECTIVE SERVICES:

Often referred to as Corrections, this service supervises people placed on a justice order if the Court orders the offender to a period of supervision. Corrective Services makes referrals to other community support organisations, such as, rehabilitation services, counselling and health services. Corrective Services monitors a defendant’s compliance with the conditions imposed by the Court on their justice order. If Corrective Services believes a condition has been breached it has the power to report the breach to the Court.

ACT OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS (DPP):

The DPP is the independent prosecutorial authority of the ACT. The DPP is responsible for prosecuting offenders on behalf of the community.

COMMONWEALTH OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS (CDPP):

The CDPP is the independent prosecutorial authority responsible for prosecuting federal offences.

COURT ALCOHOL AND DRUG ASSESSMENT SERVICES (CADAS):

CADAS is a branch of ACT Health that is responsible for writing reports to be used in Court proceedings detailing the current and historical alcohol and drug use of a defendant. The Court can order a report to be written by CADAS once you have entered a plea of guilty to an offence and the matter has been adjourned for sentence. A CADAS report contains information about current and previous drug and alcohol use, as well as making recommendations to Court regarding treatment of substance abuse. The Court must order a CADAS assessment if you have either been found guilty of or pleaded guilty to a Level 4 PCA offence.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS SERVICE (DVCS):

DVCS is a service that support the victims of family violence offences by providing counselling, support if giving evidence, assistance with changing locks or sourcing alternative accommodation, and are responsible for sharing information between the Court, victims and the DPP.

FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (FMHS):

FMHS is a division of ACT Health and is responsible for reporting to Court assessments and recommendations regarding a defendant’s mental health. FMHS also make referrals to support services.

POLICE AND CITIZENS YOUTH CLUB (PCYC):

PCYC is a division of the AFP and run many programs and services for offenders, such as the Traffic Offender Intervention Program, and the Intensive Intervention Program.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:

Restorative Justice is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. Restorative Justice is responsible for organising conferences between the alleged offender and the victim. The aim of the process is for the alleged offender to hear the impact of the offence on the victim and for an agreement to be reached between the alleged offender and the victim as to the appropriate penalty. Matters can be referred to Restorative Justice from either Police, defence, prosecution or the Magistrate. At the restorative justice conference the alleged offender and victim agree on an outcome plan that details the tasks the alleged offender agrees to complete and time frames for the tasks to be completed. Examples of tasks to be completed are: paying reparation, completing a course, engaging with counselling, or fixing damaged property.

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE TEAM (SACAT):

SACAT are a division of the AFP who specialise in investigating offence of sexual assault, involving both adult and child victims, and physical abuse or neglect of children.



where to next?

If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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