Notice of Fine and Collection Order
In every case where the Magistrate court impose either a fine or a compensation order, they must make a Collection Order (formally called a Notice of Fine and Collection Order. The notice must state the amount of the fine or compensation order and state the payment terms….whether the amount due is to be deducted by an attachment to earnings order or attachment to benefits order etc…. and how payment can be made etc.
If you attend the court hearing, the Magistrates will often ask you how soon you can pay your court fine and part payment will usually be expected to be paid on the day. The Magistrate will then make a Collection Order.
If you fail to attend the hearing, a Notice of Fine and Collection Order will be sent by post to the address held on the court record. This notice will outline the offences and penalties imposed and details of the steps that will be taken by the court in the event of non payment. These include:
Deductions from your earnings or benefits
Increasing your fine by 50%
Clamping, removal and sale of your vehicle
Registering the fine in the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines (affecting your ability to obtain credit)
A warrant of control being issued to a firm of bailiffs (incurring additional costs of up to £310)
Continued default – imprisonment
Note from Bailiff Advice
If you have any queries about a Notice of Fine and Collection Order or enforcement of a Warrant of Control by a bailiff in relation to a Magistrate Court fine, you can email a question to us using our popular Question page. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone. Details are on our Contact page.