RLC in the Media: Unfair Covid fines causing hardship and should not be enforced, advocates say

A coalition of 33 legal organisations including RLC have signed an open letter, calling on NSW finance minister Damien Tudehope to introduce a four-month pause on enforcement action on COVID fines, to support people already experiencing vulnerabiliy.

Christopher Knaus reports for the Guardian

Data obtained by Redfern Legal Centre shows that 47,414 COVID fines were issued for breaches of public health orders between July-September. Almost 18,000 fines remain unpaid and 99% have been escalated to enforcement.

“The data RLC uncovered clearly shows that a significant number of people are struggling to resolve their fines, many of which we believe have been wrongly issued,” RLC CEO Jo Shulman said. “We are asking for a reprieve over the holiday period to give people additional time needed to seek advice and obtain a fair and just resolution of their fines.”

Read the full article (The Guardian, 7 December 2021)