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- Community Service Orders (CSO) Scheme

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.
  • Objectives
CSO aims at being both reparative and rehabilitative.  Under the order, an offender is required to use his leisure time to perform community service as reparation to the harm he has done to the community.   Through community service and guidance of the PO, the offender is helped to reform himself.   The main objectives of the CSO are as follows:
(a)      Rehabilitation – Through structured work/service placement and the guidance of the PO, the offender placed under CSO is helped to observe regulations, to take up own responsibility  for self progress, to broaden perspective, to develop an enriched sense of self-worth, to cultivate a more constructive pattern of living and to steer him/her from further crime commitment. 

(b)      Constructive disposal – CSO allows an offender placed under CSO to continue living in the community with least disruption to his/her schooling/employment/religious activities.

(c)     Reparation – It provides an opportunity for the offender placed under CSO to contribute through performing unpaid works of benefit to the community to which he/she has caused damage.
  • 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 under CSO.
(c)     POs will arrange unpaid work placement for the offenders placed under CSO 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, Sha Tin, New Territories.
Tel No : 2158 6547
Fax No : 2609 4178
  • 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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