What is it?
A fine is a criminal sanction. A civil sanction, by contrast, is called a penalty. Non-payment of a criminal fine can result in incarceration, whereas non-payment of a civil penalty cannot.
If you are unable to pay the full amount of a Court imposed fine within the time allowed by the court you may apply to the Court to be allowed extra time to pay and to pay by instalments using instalments and direct debit forms.
How do I pay my fine?
You must pay your fine directly to the Court. Court fines cannot be paid at any other agency.
There are several ways in which to pay a Court imposed fine:
- In person by attending the Magistrates Court counter and paying by cash, credit card, eftpos, bank cheque, personal cheque or money order. The Magistrates Court is situated at 4 Knowles Place, Canberra City;
- By posting your fine along with a bank cheque, personal cheque or money order to:
ACT Magistrates Court
GPO Box 370 Canberra City ACT 2601
- Or by direct debit. If you wish to pay by direct debit you will need to visit the Magistrates Court in order to lodge your debit form;
- By using the instalments and direct debit form.
ACT Magistrates CourtGPO Box 370 Canberra City ACT 2601
ACT Magistrates Court Registry - General Enquiries
Ph: (02) 6207 1709
Fax: (02) 6205 9590
Ph: (02) 6207 1728
Fax: (02) 6205 9589
Web: ACT Magistrates Court