Government of New Brunswick

Overview

This Program allows young persons/adult offenders who are unable to pay the fine, to do volunteer work for a non-profit community or government organization, in lieu of a monetary payment of the fine.

Eligibility

Who can participate in this program?
Generally, anyone who appears in Provincial Court or Court of Queen's Bench, in regions where the program is offered, and:
has no means to pay the fine in question;
is willing to work;
the offence is within the eligible category; and
if a fine surcharge has been imposed and paid.

Who cannot participate even if they were fined and granted an extension for payment?
those who have the money or resources to pay the fine, as determined by an analysis of their financial situation;
those who are not willing to work;
individuals who, for one reason or another, would be incapable of carrying out the assigned duties; or
the fine surcharge for an offence under the Criminal Code has not been paid.

If a person meets the basic requirements, they can be asked to participate on the condition that a warrant has not been issued/executed.

Description

The Program was introduced in New Brunswick in 1976. It offers young persons/adult offenders who are unable to pay the fine imposed on them by the court, an alternative to a custody sentence that otherwise might have to be served in default of a fine.

The program is based on the constructive use of human resources for the maximum benefit of both the young person/adult offender and the community.

The Program allows young persons/adult offenders who are unable to pay the fine, to do volunteer work for a non-profit community or government organization, in lieu of a monetary payment of the fine.