All defendants who are assigned by Fairfax County General District Court to Volunteer Fairfax must enroll in the Alternative Community Service (ACS) Program. Volunteer Fairfax is NOT an office of the Fairfax County Judicial System. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the client to report any changes to a case made after the initial referral to the ACS office.
The service fee for pre-trial participation in the Alternative Community Service Program is $100. This is due to the special and expedited attention given to each case. This increase in fee is to accommodate for clients who receive continuances of their cases and require multiple reports on their hours. Therefore, if a pre-trail client receives a continuance of their case, or results in an agreement between the attorney and prosecutor, Volunteer Fairfax is able to have the case reopened with Volunteer Fairfax at no extra cost.
In the case that a client is re-referred to Volunteer Fairfax, any previous missed appointment fees will be applied to the base fee.
The purpose of adding the missed appointment fee is to encourage clients to attend their appointments and shorten the wait time between the client’s referral date and the date of the intake appointment. This will allow clients to have a larger window of opportunity in which to complete their court mandated community service hours.
All clients MUST call the ACS office (703-246-3893) within two weeks of their initial court date to schedule an intake appointment. All phone messages MUST include a name and phone number, and will be returned within two business days. Appointments may only be rescheduled twice before the case is terminated and sent back to court. Volunteer Fairfax does not accept walk-in appointments. For directions to Volunteer Fairfax, please click here. At the appointment, clients are placed at an agency where they can do hours based on their availability and location. Clients are permitted to work at a charitable or government agency not already in Volunteer Fairfax's database, but only with prior approval of the ACS coordinator. Click here for guidelines and required documentation.
Volunteer Fairfax cannot place minors. If you have been mandated by the court to complete community service hours and are under the age of 18, please contact the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Court Clerk’s Office at 703-246-3367 for assistance.
Volunteer Fairfax cannot accept the following types of charges:
If you are not sure whether or not Volunteer Fairfax can assist with your community service, please call to inquire at 703-246-3893.
Volunteer Fairfax provides the agency directly with a customized time sheet. It is the client's responsibility to ensure that hours are recorded on Volunteer Fairfax's timesheet, including a mandatory supervisor's signature after EVERY SHIFT WORKED. At no time should the client have Volunteer Fairfax's timesheet in his or her possession. Recording of hours must occur at the completion of service shifts and not prior.
Volunteer Fairfax processes completed or terminated cases directly with the referring entity. This process takes a minimum of one week. Cases are terminated TWO WEEKS before the next court date for the following reasons:
If a client is granted a continuance by the court, he or she MUST notify the ACS office IMMEDIATELY. Cases remain terminated until Volunteer Fairfax is notified otherwise.
Clients are permitted to work for any nonprofit, religious or governmental agency not listed in Volunteer Fairfax's database. Under no circumstances will hours done at a for-profit organization or private individual be accepted. All community service placements must be approved in advance by the ACS office. Click here for guidelines and required documentation.
Volunteer Fairfax does not transfer community service cases. Clients doing hours outside of Fairfax must find their own placement and provide the required documentation to Volunteer Fairfax before beginning hours. Volunteer Fairfax will report hours to the referring agency regardless of where hours are done. Click here for guidelines and required documentation.
Clients referred by their attorneys must also make an appointment for an intake interview. Pretrial clients are given until two days before their court date to complete as many hours as possible. Volunteer Fairfax files completion letters directly with the client's attorney. The administrative fee for pretrial clients is $100 because of the expedited process. To set up an appointment, please call 703-246-3893.
For more information, e-mail ACS Program Staff, or call 703-246-3893.