Probation officers help the court collect relevant information surrounding the offense, the defendant’s social and criminal history, the impact on victim(s), and mitigating and aggravating circumstances. The probation officer provides the court pre-sentence reports with sentencing recommendations based on California statutes and case law. These reports assist the judge in making his/her sentencing decision.
Court Officers appear in court to represent the Department on probation related matters. Officers present probation reports and recommendations; provide input to the court for clarification; record court orders, instructions and/or comments from the court; and act as liaisons between probation and the court. Officers are expected to be knowledgeable of California statutes, sentencing laws, and custody time credits.