There are generally two ways someone can be placed under probation supervision, either through a criminal court sentence or family court order.
In Criminal Court- A person must be charged with a crime. The court will order an informational investigation to be completed by probation. See investigations under General Services. If there is a conviction and it is appropriate, a sentence of probation supervision can be issued by the court. If required or appropriate and there is an adjudication as a youthful offender, a disposition ordering probation supervision can be issued.
In Family Court- A respondent must be found to be a Juvenile Delinquent or Person In Need of Supervision. Refer to our JD and PINS section under General Services. A Pre-Dispositional Investigation is ordered, and if appropriate, the respondent is ordered to probation.