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As a result of amended legislation this penalty was repealed on 24 September 2018 and replaced with a Community Corrections Order (CCO).
A Community Service Order (CSO) involves either unpaid work in the community at a place specified by Community Corrections or attendance at a Centre to undertake a course, such as Anger Management. In order to be eligible for a CSO you have to be assessed by an officer of the Community Correction Service as suitable to undertake the order.
The maximum number of hours of community service that a court can impose is:
Section 8 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 is where this type of penalty is found. Section 8 states:
If you are sentenced to Community Service, then you are convicted of that offence, and it will appear on your criminal record.
Being able to travel overseas whilst on a Community Service Order depends on two things:
You should speak to your Community Services Officer before making any plans, and get some specific legal advice about your personal situation if you are unsure.
Before a CSO can be imposed by the court it must be satisfied that:
People commonly encounter problems with being assessed as suitable due to:
If you do not complete the community services hours set by the court within the time set by the court, fail to turn up for your work, or don't attend appointments set by community corrections, they may advise the court and a summons be issued for you to attend court to answer the allegation of you breaching the CSO. If you admit breaching the CSO the court can revoke the order and impose a more severe penalty which can include full time gaol. Breaches of CSO are regarded seriously by the courts as a CSO is an alternative to full time gaol.
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.