State v. White (1975)

In State v. White, 169 Conn. 223, 237, 363 A.2d 143, cert. denied, 423 U.S. 1025, 96 S. Ct. 469, 46 L. Ed. 2d 399 (1975), the defendant argued that the trial court's failure to deliver a written copy of the conditions of probation to him, pursuant to . . . 53a-30 (a), invalidated the revocation of his probation. The Court concluded that the claim was without merit because the statute does not provide a penalty for the failure of the court to deliver to the defendant a copy of the probation conditions and because the defendant did not claim that he was unaware that if he violated the relevant condition his probation would be subject to revocation. Id., 238. The White court concluded that the statute was directory and that 'it would make a mockery of the statute to say failure to deliver standard conditions of probation renders probation invalid under the facts of this case.' Id.