A new Fine Collection and Enforcement Service (FCS) within NI Courts & Tribunals Service will come into operation on 1 June 2018.

It will see the introduction of dedicated collection officers to provide advice to debtors and to collect and enforce outstanding financial penalties imposed (or registered) by a criminal court where a collection order has been made

New collection and enforcement arrangements will apply to court imposed fines, compensation orders, offender levy, costs imposed by court, fixed penalties and penalty notices, fines transferred from other jurisdictions and juror fines. They will not apply to confiscation orders.

Relevant legislation

New powers for the collection and enforcement of financial penalties are enabled through new legislative provisions contained in:

Fine Collection and Enforcement Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance has been produced in accordance with section 26 of the Justice Act (NI) 2016. This guidance explains the collection order and its operation, the role of the collection officer, what penalties are included, the collection and enforcement orders, court powers, offences and appeals. Collection officer must have regard to this guidance when carrying out their duties.

New Powers

New powers include

  • provision for criminal courts to make a collection order when imposing (or registering) a financial penalty
  • provision for improved access to benefit, income and vehicle ownership information for the purposes of collection and enforcement
  • ability for collection officers to agree instalment orders or additional time to pay with debtors
  • deduction of payments from a debtors income from either earnings or relevant welfare benefits
  • powers to access bank accounts andseize vehicles of wilful defaulters
  • power for courts to issue an arrest warrant for non-attendance at a referral hearing
  • provisions for courts to order referral hearing costs to be paid by the debtor
  • children will not be committed to custody solely for fine default
  • revised powers to use supervised activity orders (SAO) to allow debtors to complete unpaid work in the community to clear a financial penalty
  • the removal of sentence remission for those who end up in custody for fine default

How to pay your fine?

Online

When making payment you will need your case reference number and your online account number

Payments can be made online using a debit or credit card at

Telephone

or via telephone using a debit or credit card by calling 0300 200 7812

Cheque

or alternatively send a crossed cheque including your case reference and name made payable to 'NI Courts and Tribunals Service to

Customer Service Centre
PO Box 256
Londonderry
BT48 4AP

Difficulty making payment

If you are having difficulty in paying the outstanding financial penalty or have any questions about making payments you should contact the Fine Collection and Enforcement Service immediately as per contact below.

If you are requesting additional time to pay or payment via instalments you should complete a means enquiry form and return this form to the Fine Collection and Enforcement Service for consideration as per contact below.

Contact Fine Collection and Enforcement Service

FCS
NICTS
Laganside House
23-27 Oxford Street
Belfast
BT1 3LA

Telephone: 028 9072 8802

Email fcs@courtsni.gov.uk

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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