Probation is a form of punishment primarily aimed at the rehabilitation of offenders. A probation order can last for one to three years. A probation order is unlikely to be made in respect of serious crimes.
A probation order may only be made if the convicted offender consents to it. Persons under probation orders are required to be of good behaviour and to remain in contact with a probation officer as may be required. People on probation may also be required to reside in an approved institution.
If a probationer re-offends whilst on probation (that is, the probation order has not yet expired), or breaches the conditions of the probation order, that person may be re-sentenced for the original offence.