Factsheet No. 10: Court Fines – Your Review Rights and Payment Options

This fact sheet is to help you understand what to do if you have received a court fine. 

There are two types of fines: penalty notices and court fines. Penalty notices are issued by an authorised officer such as a parking inspector, ranger or transit officer. Court fines are imposed by a judge or magistrate.

There are different rules for each type of fine. If you have received a penalty notice, please see Factsheet No. 9  

Tip 1: Deal with fines promptly.

Tip 2: If you don’t pay a fine, the fine amount will be increased and your licence could be suspended.

Tip 3: Your options for appealing a fine reduce as the fine becomes more overdue.


  • If you have received a court fine, you have the following options for dealing with the fine:
  • pay the fine in full or make arrangement to pay by instalments
  • appeal the fine to a higher court
  • seek an annulment
  • apply for a Work and Development Order (WDO)
  • seek a write-off.

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