Financial penalties (fines, compensation, costs)

Fines

  • Children aged 10-13 the maximum is £250.
  • Young people aged 14-17, the maximum is £1,000.
  • Where the child or young person is aged under 16, the court has a duty to order the parent or guardian to pay unless:
    • the parent or guardian cannot be found, or
    • it would be unreasonable to do so, having regard to all the circumstances of the case.
  • Where the young person is 16 years old or over, this duty becomes discretion.

For the offence of ………… we are fining you £………… [Repeat as necessary.]

[If applicable.] We have reduced your sentence because you pleaded guilty. If you had not, it would have been …………

Our reasons are …………

You must also pay a surcharge of £………… This money is used to fund victim services.

Compensation

For the offence of ………… we order that you pay £………… compensation for the [injury][damage][loss] caused to ………… [Repeat as necessary.]

Our reasons are …………

Costs

You must pay £………… towards the cost of the prosecution.

In all cases

You have a total of £………… to pay. This is due now. Can you pay it in full today?

If a parent/guardian is ordered to pay

We make a collection order, which means that a fines officer will make sure that the sum is paid as ordered and explain to you how it is to be paid. You must pay on the day(s) when ordered to do so and you must notify the fines officer of any change in your financial circumstances or address. [State reasons if a collection order is not made.]

If you do not make the payments as ordered, you will be brought back to court and you could be sent to prison.

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