If there is insufficient time to call a meeting of the SPA for matters that require urgent attention, the Commissioner of Corrective Services may apply to a judicial member for the suspension of an offender's parole order and issue a warrant for arrest. Such circumstances would occur when an offender has breached their parole and there is a serious and immediate risk that the offender will abscond, harm another person or commit an indictable offence.
A suspension order remains in force for up to 28 days after the offender is returned to custody. During this period, a full panel of the Authority has the opportunity to review the situation and determine whether it is appropriate to revoke the parole order or allow time for an inquiry to be conducted into the allegations that led to the suspension.
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