Magistrates' Court Fines
Has a bailiff visited you to collect a Magistrates' Court Fine? This guide can help.
Magistrates Courts issue fines for driving offences, missing payment of a fixed penalty notice, not having a TV license and many other criminal offences.
A magistrates court can also force or order you to pay compensation if a third party has made a claim against you. Once you have been fined the court will issue a 'collection order' that contains details on how the debt should be paid.
You may be allowed to pay your fine in instalements or you may be ordered to pay the fine in full by a certain date.
You can also have fine payments deducted from your benefits or salary. If the court needs to take payment from your earnings they will issue an 'attachment of earnings order' which would force your employer to take money from your salary and pay it to the courts on your behalf.
If none of this is possible the court may take further steps. If you do not pay the Magistrates can ask a bailiff to recover the debt or they can ask a High Court Enforcement Officer to recover the debt.