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Community Work Service

Community Work Service (CWS) is work performed with a registered non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization as a service to the community. CWS is mandatory for those who have been ordered by the Court to complete community service, and voluntary for those who have been given the option to perform CWS instead of paying a Court-ordered fine.

Court-ordered Community Work Service

If you have been ordered by the Court to perform community service, it is your responsibility to complete the number of hours ordered by the Court and submit proof of completion to the Court by the due date to avoid penalties. You should therefore make arrangements to begin performing your hours as soon as possible. Information on finding a non-profit organization is provided below.

Community Work Service Instead of Paying Your Fine

If you have been ordered by the Court to pay a fine you may choose to perform CWS instead of paying the fine. You may combine both work hours and payment. Delinquent payments incur a penalty of $300 ( PC 1214.1) and will be referred to a collection agency.

Year CWS Rate
2021 $26.00
2022 $28.00
2023 $30.00


If you need a 30-day payment extension to make Community Work Service arrangements, or if you would like to reduce the monthly payment amount by extending your payment period, please contact the division of the Court responsible for your fine. The total fine cannot be reduced, but the monthly payment can be reduced by extending the payment period.

Community work service is a privilege and it is your responsibility to complete your hours timely and to ensure that evidence of completion is provided to the Court by your due date.

Finding a CWS Provider

CWS hours may be completed directly through any registered non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization of your choice, or you may use the services of Pucciarelli Consulting to assist you in completing your CWS hours. Find out if an organization is registered as a non-profit in California.

If you complete your CWS hours directly through a non-profit organization, please follow the guidelines below. Work hours must be documented on the organization’s letterhead, and include the following:

  • Signature by the person in charge
  • Total number of hours completed
  • Dates the hours were completed
  • Contact information for the organization including address and phone number

Policies and working conditions are established by individual providers and do not reflect the policies of the Court.

The information below is provided as a convenience. Pucciarelli Consulting is not a division of the Court, or under contract to the Court. Its services do not represent the policies of the Court.

Pucciarelli Consulting:

Pucciarelli Consulting can assist you in completing your Community Work Service with a registered non-profit (501(c)(3)) organization. You may be able to complete your CWS in most areas of San Luis Obispo County and in some areas of Santa Barbara County. Pucciarelli Consulting will work with you to find a site that will meet your needs, if possible. This includes accommodating most physical limitations.

Pucciarelli Consulting accepts only credit cards, debit cards or money orders. Fees range from $50 to $150 depending on the number of hours and type of service. The use of a credit or debit card will allow you to begin your CWS on the day you contact Pucciarelli Consulting.

Pucciarelli Consulting may be able to arrange an out of county transfer, if you wish to do your work in another county; or allow you to complete your community service in another state.

Pucciarelli Consulting is available 11 AM–3 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Phone messages will be returned as soon as possible, during business hours. Please have your Court papers available, as this will aid in setting up your service. Pucciarelli Consulting must have your case number to report your hours to the Court.

Contact Information

PO BOX 961, Nipomo, CA 93444-0961
Phone: (805) 788-0100 / Fax: (805) 631-5174
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday