RLC in the Media: COVID fines for July and August dwarf the total for all of 2020

The latest statistics from Revenue NSW reveal that in July and August more than 28,000 COVID fines were issued, whihc is 13 times the number of fines issued during the whole of last year.

ABC News reports

Sydney's Redfern Legal Centre says it's overwhelmed with requests for help from people who insist they have been wrongly issued with fines by police for allegedly breaching COVID health orders.

The legal centre recently sent an open letter to the NSW government — signed by 100 prominent members of the legal, academic and political profession — calling for all wrongly issued fines to be revoked.

The centre's police accountability solicitor Samantha Lee said there had been no response and called for the issue to be addressed, saying thousands of innocent people with no means of paying their fines were in distress.

"Our centre has been struggling to keep up with demand to assist people who have been issued with COVID fines and what we are finding is that the majority of people have been issued with a fine unlawfully and what that means is that the police have got it wrong."

Read article (ABC News, 29 September 2021)

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