(1) This section applies if—
(a) an offender is convicted of an offence; and
(b) the court sentences the offender to imprisonment for the offence.
(2) The court may make an order (a suspended sentence order ) suspending all or part of the sentence of imprisonment.
(3) If the court makes a suspended sentence order, the court must also make a good behaviour order for the period during which the sentence is suspended or for any longer period that the court considers appropriate.
Note A suspended sentence order may be part of a combination sentence together with other sentencing options (see pt 3.6).
(4) If the court makes a suspended sentence order fully suspending the sentence of imprisonment, the court must, as soon as practicable after the order is made, ensure that written notice of the order, together with a copy of the order, is given to the offender.
Note 1 For notice of a partly suspended sentence of imprisonment, see s 84.
Note 2 For a young offender who is under 18 years old, the notice and order must also be given to a parent or person with parental responsibility (see s 133J).
(5) Failure to comply with subsection (4) does not invalidate the suspended sentence order.
(6) This section is subject to the following provisions:
(a) section 13 (Good behaviour orders);
(b) chapter 5 (Imprisonment);
(c) chapter 6 (Good behaviour orders).
(7) To avoid doubt, a sentence of imprisonment suspended under the custodial part of a drug and alcohol treatment order is not a suspended sentence order.