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- Community Service Orders (CSO) Scheme

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Community Service Orders (CSO) Scheme
  Service Description 
Community Service Orders (CSO) is a community-based sentencing option pursuant to the Community Service Orders Ordinance, Cap 378.  A court may make an order requiring a person of or over 14 years of age and convicted of an offence(s) punishable with imprisonment to perform unpaid work for a number of hours not exceeding 240 hours within a period of 12 months under the supervision of a probation officer (PO) who shall also provide counselling and guidance to the offender.
  Nature of Service
(a) In serving the courts, POs prepare pre-sentence reports including Probation Officer's Reports and Suitability Reports for Community Service Orders on the rehabilitation of offenders.
 
(b) POs will provide statutory supervision, personal guidance and group work service to the offenders placed on CSO.
   
(c) POs will arrange unpaid work placement for the offenders while site supervisors will supervise them by giving technical instruction, on-the-spot supervision and practical guidance on various types of work at work sites.
 

 
Target Group
The target group is offenders who -
(a) are referred by court for social enquiry; and

(b) are ordered by court to be put under CSO.

 
 
List of Probation and Community Service Orders Offices
There are seven Probation and Community Service Orders Offices (PCSOs) and the High Court and District Court Probation Office (HC&DCPO) serving the seven Magistrates’ Courts, the District Court and the High Court (i.e. the Court of First Instance & the Court of Appeal).  The address and telephone list of the HC&DCPO and the seven PCSOs can be downloaded here.
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Office Hours
(Monday to Friday): 8: 45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

 
  Co-ordinating Office of Community Service Orders
There is also a Co-ordinating Office of Community Service Orders which supports the PCSOs and HC&DCPO in identifying and co-ordinating work projects, and liaising with POs on work site performance of offenders placed under the CSO.

 
 
  Address and telephone number of Co-ordinating Office of Community Service Orders Office
Room 813, 8/F., Sha Tin Government Offices,
1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Shatin, New Territories.
Tel No : 2158 6547
Fax No : 2609 4178
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  Office Hours
(Monday to Friday): 8: 45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

 

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