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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3800..


Community service orders

(Question No 897)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on Wednesday, 27 August 2003:

In relation to Community Service Orders (CSOs):

(1) How many CSOs have been issued by the courts for the following months;

(a) April;

(b) May;

(c) June;

(d) July;

(2) On how many occasions did people sentenced with one of these CSOs breach their obligations under it;

(3) What were the consequences of these breaches.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) There were 14 new Community Service Orders issued by the Courts in the month of

April;

(b) There were nine new Community Service Orders issued by the Courts in the month of May;

(c) There were 10 new Community Service Orders issued by the Courts in the month of June;

(d) There were eight new Community Service Orders issued by the Courts in the month of July.


This amounts to the making of a total of 41 new Community Service Orders by the Courts. This figure only relates to new Community Service Orders imposed by the Courts. It does not include:

bail orders requiring offenders to complete Community Service Orders imposed prior to the specified period; and

offenders who were before the Court during the specified period for allegations of breaches of Community Service Orders that were imposed prior to the specified period where the outcome of those proceedings included the resumption, revocation or extension of a Community Service Order that was originally imposed some time before the specified period.

(2) Of the 41 offenders sentenced to community service for the period April-July 2003 breach action has been commenced with respect to four offenders.

(3) The Court has not finally determined any of the four allegations of breaches of the Community Service Order referred to. All four offenders alleged to have breached their Community Service Orders are currently progressing through the Court. All four offenders have court appearances scheduled in the next month. Outcomes will not be known until these proceedings run their course.


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