Community Service Law & Legal Definition


In the criminal law area, community service refers to a form of sentencing involving an activity that benefits the community to compensate for harm done. The object of community service orders is to provide unpaid work which is of value to the community as an alternative to custody. Examples of different types of service, among others that may be ordered, include:

* cleaning a park

* collecting much needed items including clothes, shoes, bottle tabs, bottle cans, etc.

* volunteer work at a charity organization

* assisting older people in nursing homes