New bill would replace court poor box with reparation fund

Tuesday 04 February 2014 17.28
District court judges often order offenders to make payments, normally to specific charities, as an alternative to conviction
District court judges often order offenders to make payments, normally to specific charities, as an alternative to conviction

The district court poor box is set to be abolished under the terms of a proposed bill.

The Criminal Justice (Community Reparations) Bill will reform the system of community service and establish a reparation fund to replace poor boxes.

The new fund will be administered by the Department of Justice.

The court poor box reflects a long established practice whereby district court judges order offenders to make payments, normally to specific charities, as an alternative to conviction.

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