William Jaksa on Probation in Ontario

May 25, 2017


Criminal Defence Lawyer Global News

William Jaksa was recently interviewed by Carolyn Jarvis from Global News. The news story is on the problems and challenges with probation supervision. She was investigating the supervision of persons on probation in Ontario and across Canada. It’s an interesting story on the current state of probation in Ontario. Specifically on some of the problems and challenges faced by all involved in the criminal justice system.

Here is a link to the story:


Probation in Ontario was originally started to give Judges more sentencing options. Particularly when dealing with young men between the ages of 18 and 25. The notion was these young men had committed crimes that required punishment, but jail was likely to harsh. So, rather than imposing just a Fine, the Probation Order was developed. It has expanded significantly over the years to being more than just a method or tool to monitor offenders.

Probation in Ontario

Probation Orders go much further now than offer a level of supervision in the community. Today, Probation Orders are used to ensure that offenders abide by curfews. That they avoid certain areas, stores and people. But, also that they receive treatment and counselling.

But Probation has been used since the middle ages in English common law and routinely in the United States since the late 1700s. In Ontario probation, as we have it today, started to develop after the first world war.

William Jaksa understands the challenges of probation in Ontario today.

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