Community service is commonly ordered as a condition of the Probation Order. A Community Service Order could also be made by the Court as a standalone order. Community service aims to provide opportunities for probationers to make amends for their offences and cultivate a sense of responsibility to the community. Through such experiences, probationers develop perspectives such as care for others and the environment, and learn to view themselves in a different light - not as offenders but as youths with the potential to contribute meaningfully to society.
A Detention Order could be ordered in combination with the Probation Order or as a standalone order by the Court.
Under a Detention Order (DO), a youth offender can be required to:
- Reside in a place of detention for a period not exceeding six months; and
- Undergo a series of exercise drills and group work to equip him/her with relevant skills while in detention.
The Youth Court may impose a DO before a Probation Order. In such cases, the youth offender will serve the DO before serving the Probation order. If a youth offender is placed on probation initially but shows poor progress, the Court may add on a DO. In this case, he/she will be sent to a Detention Centre and upon discharge from the Detention Centre, continue with the remaining duration of his/her probation. If a DO is made together with a Probation Order, the maximum period of detention is 3 months.