Sign up for our flagship fine settlement program.
John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
Fine Option Program
Who can register?
- Fine Option Program is available to adults assessed by the court.
- Youth under the age of 18 are eligible to work off provincial or municipal fines but not fines for criminal code or federal offenses.
- Participants are eligible for fine option under various provincial fines, municipal fines, criminal codes and fines under various federal acts.
- Currently, Saskatchewan has agreements with Alberta and Manitoba that allow some out-of-province fines to be worked off in another province. The program is open only to the individual who received the fine, and does not apply to companies or corporations.
What are the requirements for registration?
- Attend the court date mentioned on the notice of offense.
- On attending the court date, you will be issued a notice of fine and surcharge. A notice of conviction will be mailed directly to your address if you don’t attend your court date. With either document, you can register for FOP.
When do I register?
- Register for FOP before the date of default mentioned on the top right column of the notice of fine and surcharge (it’s a yellow and a pink paper issued by the court house).
- For all the provincial fines, if you miss the court date, you will be send a notice of conviction in your mailbox; you can register with that notice of conviction before the date of default.
How do I register?
You can register using our online registration forms below, in-person at one of our offices, or over the phone.
How are hours calculated?
Number of hours required to worked are calculated based on minimum wage
Hours to be worked = Total fine amount ÷ minimum wage.
How much time is given to work off these hours?
We extend the date given by the courthouse on the basis of the following criteria:
- Less than 40 hours, we give a maximum of 2 months’ time to do hours.
- Between 40 to 100 hours, we give a maximum of 3 months’ time to do hours.
- Over 100 hours, we give a maximum of 4 months’ time to do hours.
- For fines over 87 hours ($1,000), we keep track on a monthly basis for the number of hours done. We assign a minimum number of hours to be done every month. In case the condition of minimum hours is not met for 2 consecutive months, we can terminate the file.
You are not permitted to work any hours once the expected completion date has passed.
Can I choose my work placement location?
We have a list of work placement organizations registered with us. Clients can choose to work with one work placement at a time.
How are my work hours tracked?
All the organizations are provided with the work record form. It is your responsibility to sign the work record every time they input hours. When the due date expires, the organization submits the work record to us.
The work record submitted by the work placement organization is considered final. So, it is very important that you take your participant copy of the work record from the organization you have worked in.
How do I get an extension?
If you have completed hours towards the fine and are not able to complete the fine due to some genuine reason, we are entitled to grant one extension for a maximum of one month.
What is the fine settlement process?
On receiving the work record,
In the billing section, we credit the hours that the client has worked based on minimum wage. Once the settlement is done, the copy will be submitted to the respective courthouse and the fine will be settled.
We also submit one copy of the fine settlement form with the notice of fine and work record to the coordinator of FOP and one we keep for our reference.