Monetary fines are usually imposed for traffic and less serious criminal offences. In imposing a fine, the court will consider your financial circumstances and what the appropriate fine is in your case. Where you are under financial duress, on the pension or other social security, the court should impose a lesser fine than it would on someone with a high disposable income.
Where a person is fined, they are convicted of a criminal offence and will have a criminal record.
You will have 28 days to pay your fine, however, if you are having difficulties making payment you can apply to court prior to the due date to organise payment by instalments.