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Community Service

The Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) went into effect on June 13, 2017. Watch a short video about the law and the process for summonses that are filed at OATH instead of NYC Criminal Court below.



For certain types of violations covered by the CJRA, OATH Hearing Officers will offer you the option to perform community service instead of paying a monetary penalty. Performance of community service may include attendance at a program, either in person or web-based, authorized by OATH that is designed to benefit, improve, or educate either the community or the respondent.

You can read an informational brochure about the types of cases that are eligible for community service and find out how many hours of community service will be imposed for those violations. Community service is not an option if the alleged conduct was carried out for a commercial purpose, except if the charge is for unauthorized vending, and OATH can *only* give you community service if:

  • You admit to the charge in person at an OATH hearing location on or before the scheduled hearing date; or

  • You are found in violation of the charge listed on the summons after you have participated in an in-person OATH hearing.

Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about community service or contact OATH Help Center online for more information on community service and eligibility.