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Dealing with open court fines

If your client presents with open court fines, it means that he or she has been found guilty of committing an offence in open court and a Magistrate has sentenced your client to pay a fine under the Sentencing Act

There are a number of ways that your client's matter may be referred to open court, including because: 

  • it was referred to open court during the infringements process; or
  • your client received a charge and summons sheet alleging a criminal offence against your client and requiring him or her to attend open court on a particular date to answer a charge.

If the Magistrate has ordered an instalment plan, your client has to attend the court and make the payment directly to the registry (i.e. Centrepay is not possible). 

What options does your client have?

The options for dealing with fines imposed in open court are as follows:

It is not possible to apply for revocation of fines imposed by a court as a sentencing disposition under the Sentencing Act.