Fined Out: Practical guide for people having problems with fines

Fined Out is a practical guide to the NSW fines system. 

A fine is a financial penalty for breaking the law. The Fines Act 1996 (NSW) and Regulations sets out the rules about fines.

This booklets provides information about how to deal with fines and contact information for services that can help people with their fines.

It includes information on the different types of fines and chapters on the various options to deal with fines at different stages of the fine lifecycle, including court options and pathways to seek a review, a 50% reduction, a write-off, plan, or a Work and Development Order (WDO).

The resource features links to self-help legal tools for people with NSW fines, traffic offence fines and court attendance notices (CANs) and also explains the role of Revenue NSW in administering and enforcing fines.

Other sections of the booklet include information specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people and driving offences, as well as a series of template letters to assist people to self-advocate.

The 5th edition of 'Fined Out' is published by Legal Aid NSW,  produced in collaboration with Inner City Legal Centre and Redfern Legal Centre.

Read the resource online, or download the PDF below.