Bill permitting judges to order community service over fines clears Senate panel

TRENTON – An increasing number of offenders being sentenced by a municipal court judge could be ordered to perform community service instead of paying a fine, according to a bill released from committee Monday.

Senate lawmakers unanimously released a bill from committee that would allow municipal judges to dole out orders for community service instead of ordering offenders to pay a fine. The bill, S2309 and A3254, would remove language from current rules that requires offenders to first demonstrate they’re unable to pay a penalty or default on an imposed fine.

The bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee following little discussion from lawmakers.

Bill permitting judges to order community service over fines clears Senate panel