Dealing with fines
Dealing with fines
Your options for dealing with fines are to:
- pay the fine in full by following the instructions on the infringement notice
- ask the agency for a payment plan if you need more time to pay
- ask the agency to review your fine if you do not agree with their decision
- choose to go to the Magistrates’ Court to challenge the fine.
If you are fined for a driving offence, and you were not the driver, you can get the fine transferred to the person who was driving. Do this within 28 days of receiving the fine as you cannot do this after a warrant is issued. Do this quickly to also avoid extra costs.
What happens if you don't pay
If you don't pay the fine you may have to pay more or go to court.
If you do not pay the enforcement order on time, the infringements registrar will issue an infringement warrant so the sheriff can get money from you. The sheriff can come to your home to get the money or take property from you to pay off the fine. The court charges you extra costs again.
If you cannot pay, the sheriff gives you a written seven-day notice. You have seven days to pay or apply to the court to have the enforcement order cancelled.
Read more about cancelling the enforcement order if you have special circumstances that apply to you
If you do not pay the infringement warrant on time, the sheriff can apply a range of sanctions (penalties), including:
- selling your things to cover the cost of the fine
- putting a wheel-clamp on your car or motorbike until you pay the fine
- taking money from your wages, called an attachment of earnings order.
If you do not have enough property to cover what you owe, the sheriff can arrest you. You may be released on a community work permit or you may be bailed to appear in the Magistrates’ Court.
If you have to go to the Magistrates’ Court, the magistrate can send you to jail.
Find out how you can get help with fines and infringements.