Pre-Trial Services Program – Dept. of Justice and Public Safety, GovNL 

Address: 30 Parade Street, PO Box 5085, St. John’s, NL A1C 5V3 

Main Office: (709) 729-5041
Fax: (709) 729-0745 
After hours: (709) 689-6351/5303
Program Coordinator: (709) 689-6352  


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 the 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.

Highlights 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 circumstance change and/or mandatory review dates reached. 
  • The Pre-Trial Services Program will work in conjunction with:
    • Youth
    • Family
    • Community
    • Courts
    • Crown/Defense Counsel
    • Police
    • Secure Custody
    • Health & Community Services

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