The Department of Court Services is a team of professionals who strive to prevent recidivism by providing assessment, supervision and rehabilitation, prevention and Restorative Justice in collaboration with community partners and in compliance with Bermuda’s Criminal Justice System.
In 1952, Probation Services was founded after a recommendation from Major Baring who was invited by the Government of the day. The services assisted the Courts in sentencing offenders and allowed for supervision of offenders in the community.
During the past sixty years, we have seen changes in functioning, location, staffing and leadership. Nonetheless, the role of serving the judicial system, offenders and this community has remained paramount. In 2001, the Department of Court Services evolved from the former Probation Services and the new Bermuda Assessment and Referral Centre (BARC) under the Government’s Alternatives to incarceration Initiative, whereby there were expanded services and programmes for offenders and other high risk groups, especially substance abusers.
Entry-level positions (Probation Officer/Case Manager posts) require a Bachelor of Social Work, Criminal Justice, Sociology or related Degree. More senior positions require a Masters degree in Social Work, Psychology or a related field, with supervisory and specialist skills also required.
The Department of Court Services embraces the further development of staff through ongoing training and skills development. Further, persons interested in the field are provided with educational (internship, practicum and Day Release placements) and structured opportunities (mentoring, training and volunteers) as much as possible.
The Department embraces Best Practice Standards and encourages certification, licensure and specialist training.
The Department comprises of two units, the Assessment and Treatment Unit and the Case Management Unit.
The Assessment and Treatment Unit consists of four teams, Reports and Assessments, BARC, Community-based Programmes, and Community Service Orders.
The Case Management Unit consists of three teams: Probation, Parole, and the Drug Treatment Court Programme.
Although the teams perform differing functions, they complement each other, providing a versatile system of addressing behaviours, thought patterns and client needs, whilst also promoting the protection of the community.
Director - Gina Hurst-Maybury
Manager of Assessment and Treatment Unit - Derek Flood
Manager of Case Management Unit - Zina Woolridge
Department of Court Services Organization Chart
LEGISLATION Criminal Code 1907
Young Offenders Act 1950
Prison Act 1979
Prison Rules 1980
Parole Board Act 2001
Children Act 1998
Treatment of Offenders Board Act 1979 Mental Health Act 1968
Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act 1977