2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Review of Community Services for Fines (language only)

Item 40 #1c

Item 40 #1c

Judicial Department
Supreme Court


Page 30, after line 18, insert:

"N. The Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court shall review the experience of the courts in providing the option to any person upon whom a fine and costs have been imposed to discharge all or part of the fine or costs by earning credits for the performance of community service work.  The Executive Secretary shall provide a report which shall summarize data from previous years indicating the amount of community service performed in lieu of fines and costs, the hourly rate assumed and the total value of fines and costs avoided compared to the total amount of fines and costs collected, by year, and the available data on the financial circumstances of those persons utilizing the option of community service work.  The report should also include a projection of the anticipated impact of the adoption of Rule 1:24 by the Supreme Court of Virginia on November 1, 2016, on the collection of fines and costs, and actual data, to the extent to which it is available, on the results of the implementation of Rule 1:24 for the period beginning February 1, 2017.  Copies of the report shall be provided by October 1, 2017, to the Judicial Council, the Committee on District Courts, and the Chairmen of the Senate Committees on Courts of Justice and Finance and the House Committees on Courts of Justice and Appropriations."


(This amendment directs the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to study the use of community service to offset fines and costs imposed by the courts.)