Department of Justice

Understanding the Court Process

Victim Services

Probation & Parole

Probation is a territorial responsibility. Parole will only apply when an offender is sent to a federal facility outside of the Yukon.

PROBATION

Probation Officers monitor adult offenders who live in the community under supervision and are subject to certain conditions. Youth probation is usually provided by regional social workers.

A probation order is one of many court orders that a Judge imposes. A probation order is usually imposed instead of a jail term. But sometimes an offender will get a sentence that combines jail time and probation.

A variety of conditions are usually attached to the probation order. They can include things like a curfew, no contact with a victim.

A probation order may require regular check-in times with a Probation Officer.

Probation Officers are responsible for ensuring that the conditions placed on the offender are being met. To learn more about probation, visit Offender Supervision and Services.

Victim concerns about probation

Victims can attend any court hearing and may provide information about the impact of the crime. If you have concerns about an offender being in the community, the offender’s territorial Probation Officer should be told. Contact Victim Services for more information.

If you know an offender is breaking a condition of their probation order, you should contact the RCMP or Offender Supervision and Services immediately.

Youth Probation

Youth between the ages of 12 to 17, who are involved with the justice system, may be supervised through programs such as:

  • Extrajudicial Sanctions,
  • probation,
  • community court orders, and
  • custody and community supervision orders.

In Yukon communities, Youth Probation services are provided by regional social workers. Visit the Youth Probation website for more information.

PAROLE

Parole is the responsibility of the National Parole Board. It only applies to jail sentences over two years, where the offender is sent to a federal facility.

Parole may be granted after the offender has served a portion of their sentence in a federal corrections facility.

Similar to probation, an offender who is granted parole may live in the community, under supervision and subject to certain conditions, until their sentence is completed. Parole can include day parole, full parole or statutory release.

You can learn more about parole on the federal site, Parole and Community Corrections.

Victims & Parole Hearings

The Parole Board must notify victims of parole hearings. However, the victim must first apply for victim status before the Parole Board is able to provide notification.

The Parole Board may seek statements from victims to consider in a parole decision. A victim may also ask to make a victim impact statement at a parole hearing.

The victim may also ask to be kept informed of changes such as an offender’s move from one institution to another or the grant of a conditional release.