What Is A Supervisor’s Hearing?
A supervisor’s hearing is an opportunity for the probation department to address minor violations without having to get a court or a judge involved. It is often done in a more formal setting than in a typical meeting with your probation officer, though still less formal than court. Sometimes, the supervisor’s hearing is held in a conference room at the probation department or sometimes it’s held in your actual probation supervisor’s office and more recently we’ve seen the trend where supervisor’s hearings are held in actual courtrooms even though your attorney is not notified to be present. The purpose of a hearing in a courtroom or a more formal setting is to try to gain your attention.
Usually when people who are on probation are charged with technical violations but not with committing a new offense, the supervisor may elect or may choose to address these minor technical violations such as falling behind on your supervision fees or fines or failing to complete your community service hours in a supervisor’s hearing rather than filing a formal probation violation report with the court and having the judge handle it. If the supervisor decides to handle your violations in house with a supervisor’s hearing, you will receive a formal notice of the hearing. The supervisor’s hearing will usually be the last step that a probation officer will take before they request a warrant or file a formal violation report with the court.
This is an opportunity for the probation department to address the minor violations in a more formal setting and to try to get a defendant who has fallen off track back in compliance with the terms and conditions of their probation or community supervision. Even if the probation officer chooses not to issue a warrant at that time, however, be aware that if a future motion to revoke is filed, that they will bring up issues that were addressed by a supervisor’s hearing as well.
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