9. Maximum fines

A fine must not exceed the statutory limit. Where this is expressed in terms of a ‘level’, the maxima are:

Level 1 £200
Level 2 £500
Level 3 £1,000
Level 4 £2,500
Level 5 Unlimited (for offences committed after 13 March 2015)*

*For offences committed before 13 March 2015 the level 5 maximum is £5,000

See the Criminal Practice Direction XIII Listing Annex 3 for directions on dealing with cases involving very large fines in the magistrates’ court.