COURT SERVICE and UNPAID FINES.
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UNPAID FINES: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
ALL ABOUT CLAMPING ORDERS.
I can’t afford to pay
my Magistrates Court Fines.
If you cannot afford to make the payments due under a fine and
you are not receiving benefits, you must contact the Magistrates
Court immediately and the court will require that you attend a
very simple hearing where you will have to complete a list of
your Income & Expenditure. It would be for the Magistrate
to consider your circumstances and set a payment arrangement that
is affordable. For a hearing such as this, there is no fee to
pay, and normally you will simply be able to turn up at the Magistrates
Court without an appointment.
Following the hearing, the court will advise the fines office
of the arrangement that has been agreed and this should ensure that
bailiff action will cease…..you
must keep to the payment arrangements.
I’m receiving benefits and can’t
afford to pay my fine.
If you are receiving benefits, in particular, Income Support you
can apply for nominal repayments to be deducted from your benefits.
Previously deductions could be made at a rate of £2.80 per
week, but the Department of Work & Pensions considered that
this amount should be increased .The new rate of deduction is
now £5.00 per week.
As deductions can also be made in respect of Council Tax, CSA
arrears and gas/electricity arrears, the DWP have agreed that
where there is insufficient benefit to deduct the £5.00
or, where there are already two deductions in place, the old standard
rate of £2.80 per week should
apply. When you first attended Court, and a fine was imposed,
the court should have been made aware of your financial situation
and arranged deductions on your behalf.
However, if your financial circumstances have changed since that time and you
are now receiving the above benefits, you must contact the Fines
Department immediately to inform them
of your new circumstances so that arrangements can be made for
the deductions to be made. This will ensure that bailiff action
will cease. Under the Third Party Deduction Scheme there is an
overall cap of £8.40 per week that can be deducted from your benefits.
We have listed here the relevant Statutory Ruling in the event
that you wish to write to the Magistrates Court on this.
The Fines (Deductions from Income Support)(Amendment)
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