The court imposes monetary fines for traffic and less serious criminal offences. When a person is fined, they are convicted of a criminal offence and will have a criminal record.
In imposing a fine the court will consider your financial circumstances and what the appropriate fine is in your case. If 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.
Courts impose fines in the form of penalty units. One penalty unit is currently $110.00.
You will have 28 days to pay your fine. If you are having difficulties making payment you can apply to court prior to the due date to organise payment by instalments. You can lodge an appeal either because you say you’re not guilty or because you believe the penalty is too severe within 28 days of being fined, within 3 months if the court gives you leave.