Collection of fines and other sums imposed on conviction
Collection of fines and other sums imposed on conviction

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Collection of fines and other sums imposed on conviction
  • Collection of fines
  • Variation of payment terms
  • Effect of default

Collection of fines and other sums imposed on conviction

For information on the powers of the criminal courts to impose fines and other financial penalties following conviction, see Practice Note: Fines imposed following criminal conviction.

Collection of fines

The collection and enforcement of fines, as well as other financial orders such as prosecution costs, compensation and surcharges, is conducted by the magistrates’ courts regardless of whether the fine was imposed in the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court. Section 132 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020) (also referred to as the Sentencing Code), Schedule 5 to the Courts Act 2003 (CoA 2003), Part 3 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980 (MCA 1980) and the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) make provisions for the payment and enforcement of fines and gives fines officers, powers of enforcement when fines are not paid.

The magistrates’ court which sentenced the offender is responsible for the collection of the fine and financial orders made against them. Where a fine is imposed by the Crown Court, the fine order will specify which magistrates’s court is responsible for the collection of the fine. This is typically the magistrates’ court which sent the offender to the Crown Court for trial or sentencing.

Fines are payable immediately but if the sentencing court considers it appropriate, a collection order can be made to allow

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