Pre-trial Services Program – Dept. of Justice and Public Safety, Gov. of NL

Visit website

30 Parade Street
PO Box 5085
St. John’s, NL A1C 5V3
Tel:  (709) 729-5041
Fax:  (709) 729-0745
Contact: Gordon Critch
Tel: (709) 689-6352
After hrs: (709) 689-6351/5303


The primary goal of the Pre-Trial services program is to reduce the amount of time a youth is detained in custody pending trial by providing verified information to the Youth Justice Court at each stage of the bail hearing, combined with community supervision and programming while under the jurisdiction of an interim release order.

Target Population: 

All male and female youth who are held in custody and between the age of 12 years to 18 years appearing for a bail hearing or requesting a bail review

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

To apply you need a referral from the crown prosecutor or from youth’s defense council. The program has three components:

  • Verification: determines the eligibility of the youth from the program by verifying the information the youth is providing to the court through collateral contacts in his/her application for bail.
  • Supervision: is provided following the release of a youth on bail with a court ordered supervision condition to P.T.S.P to ensure the youths compliance with the conditions of the release order; to ensure the youth follows the daily program that has been developed; to ensure the community safeguards are continuing to be met; and to monitor that the regime of supervision is acceptable.
  • Review: should a youth be denied bail, to assist and facilitate a judicial circumstances change and/or mandatory review dates reached.