Good behaviour bond

A good behaviour bond is an order of the court that requires you to be of good behaviour for a specified period of time.

The court will impose conditions that you will have to obey during the term of the good behaviour bond.  The maximum duration of a good behaviour bond is five years.

For most offences the court can impose both a fine and good behaviour bond.

Some conditions that may be imposed:

  • Probation service supervision

The court can order that you be Supervised by an officer of the NSW Probation Service. Normally a court will order that the supervision remain in place for as long as the Probation Service deem it necessary

  • Counselling

The court can order that you attend for drug or alcohol abuse counselling can be made a condition of a good behaviour bond.

  • Residence at a rehabilitation centre

That you live at a particular rehabilitation centre for a period of time can be made a condition of the bond.

The court cannot make a condition of a bond that you pay compensation to the victim of a crime.

If you obey the conditions of the good behaviour bond for the time set by the court there is no further penalty. However if you do not obey the conditions the court may summons you appear before the court to be re sentenced for the offence.

If you are summonsed to court for a breach of the good behaviour bond the court can do any one of the following:

  • decide to take no action;
  • vary the conditions of the bond;
  • impose further conditions on the bond; or
  • revoke the bond and re sentence you to a tougher penalty.


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