New bill would replace court poor box with reparation fundTuesday 04 February 2014 17.28
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.