Magistrates Courts: Unpaid Fines

Justice written question – answered on 22nd July 2010.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of court fines in each (a) region, (b) county and (c) magistrates court area levied in each of the last three years were unpaid and outstanding at the end of each such year.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HMCS systems do not currently identify how many fines imposed within a year are paid within the same period, this information could be provided only at disproportionate cost as it would require a manual search of all fine accounts.

However HMCS's systems can identify the amounts imposed within the last three years for all HMCS regions and Local Criminal Justice Board areas. These data together with the total amount outstanding at the end of each year are set out in the following table. The outstanding balance has risen through the application of a strict policy that only allows fines to be written off in certain circumstances. The outstanding balance includes fines imposed a number of years ago during the period when fines could not be cancelled (2004-06) and fines which are being paid by instalments.

Total a mount imposed( 1)
£
Area/Region 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
London 63,881,319 72,107,785 81,628,882
Total London Region 63,881319 72,107,785 81,628,882
Derbyshire 6,128,288 5,840,197 4,844,153
Leicestershire 5,691,250 5,877,021 6,030,574
Lincolnshire 4,191,695 5,096,991 4,823,958
Northamptonshire 4,430,561 4,330,940 4,721,076
Nottinghamshire 6,838,997 6,654,544 6,382,228
Staffordshire 8,766,857 8,698,559 8,136,476
Warwickshire 2,875,248 2,786,476 3,330,822
West Mercia 8,099,918 9,447,891 8,422,160
West Midlands 24,097,581 21,768,797 21,852,536
Total Midlands Region 71,120336 70,501,416 68,553,559
Cleveland 3,780,148 3,615,467 3,868,689
Durham 3,217,879 3,542,418 3,192,452
Humberside 6,201,707 6,910,237 6,756,725
North Yorkshire 4,323,495 4,371,260 4,219,649
Northumbria 9,720,095 10,463,694 10,568,454
South Yorkshire 7,406,408 9,048,523 9,039,246
West Yorkshire 15,428,776 14,881,498 16,635,550
Total North East Region 50,078,508 52,833,097 54,280,765
Cheshire 7,933,967 7,334,673 7,502,097
Cumbria 3,877,892 4,100,879 3,817,499
Greater Manchester 18,632,285 19,635,012 19,267,431
Lancashire 10,906,582 12,392,009 11,104,491
Merseyside 9,769,352 12,106,880 12,026,583
Total North West Region 51,120,079 55,569,453 53,718,100
Bedfordshire 3,716,219 4,041,563 4,512,392
Cambridgeshire 5,257,762 4,563,054 4,968,180
Essex 11,017,192 11,525,831 12,156,939
Hertfordshire 8,364,744 8,285,229 9,382,421
Kent 11,484,589 12,546,283 11,461,258
Norfolk 4,791,859 5,708,267 4,568,442
Suffolk 4,227,603 6,053,635 5,555,237
Surrey 6,366,071 6,139,960 6,189,029
Sussex 8,562,023 8,091,108 10,433,954
Thames Valley 12,856,332 13,820,088 14,882,513
Total South East Region 76,644,394 80,775,018 83,224,865
Avon and Somerset 10,746,004 10,046,264 9,586,385
Devon and Cornwall 9,956,166 7,759,109 7,770,868
Dorset 3,759,611 4,627,389 4,888,527
Gloucestershire 2,772,484 2,517,262 2,904,006
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 8,564,753 9,951,872 11,191,949
Wiltshire 4,358,317 5,356,348 4,982,425
Total South West Region 40,157,335 40,258,244 41,324,159
Dyfed Powys 3,055,546 3,538,439 3,270,439
Gwent 4,523,699 3,985,405 4,528,698
North Wales 4,483,844 4,813,034 5,900,141
South Wales 11,504,822 9,364,748 9,355,058
Total Wales 23,562,911 21,701,626 23,054,337
Total amount outstanding:
London 117,318,452 126,959,900 142,475,774
Total London Region 117,318,452 126,959,900 142,475,774
Derbyshire 7,487,182 7,910,599 7,728,859
Leicestershire 5,475,952 4,807,071 5,881,157
Lincolnshire 5,757,706 6,309,425 5,957,325
Northamptonshire 5,113,088 5,544,837 5,576,232
Nottinghamshire 4,501,937 4,855,449 5,539,840
Staffordshire 11,728,465 11,509,685 4,728,312
Warwickshire 3,221,730 3,006,384 3,279,018
West Mercia 9,313,961 10,709,950 12,060,610
West Midlands 39,926,402 41,341,778 44,621,598
Total Midlands Region 92,523,423 95,995,178 101,524,907
Cleveland 5,886,347 5,606,269 5,174,134
Durham 3,748,457 3,379,032 3,595,330
Humberside 9,561,189 10,257,748 10,076,884
North Yorkshire 3,214,673 3,797,705 4,117,398
Northumbria 11,460,962 13,835,201 14,761,027
South Yorkshire 7,207,038 8,173,418 9,270,998
West Yorkshire 12,890,971 8,085,565 3,279,018
Total North East Region 52,969,638 59,901,794 64,063,145
Cheshire 11,207,571 11,809,900 11,485,719
Cumbria 3,225,093 3,368,566 3,384,180
Greater Manchester 27,384,881 30,659,063 33,159,738
Lancashire 12,236,463 13,870,361 13,111,327
Merseyside 24,576,991 27,054,637 28,957,510
Total North West Region 78,630,999 86,762,529 90,098,475
Bedfordshire 2,929,160 3,488,383 3,818,893
Cambridgeshire 5,471,185 4,582,639 4,807,179
Essex 10,068,331 12,635,361 12,852,199
Hertfordshire 10,624,124 11,976,897 13,565,118
Kent 17,645,077 19,402,260 20,522,744
Norfolk 4,911,783 5,258,805 5,165,121
Suffolk 2,648,849 4,224,885 4,728,312
Surrey 5,273,909 5,696,496 6,125,559
Sussex 12,726,870 13,939,448 15,390,751
Thames Valley 22,465,362 22,946,204 24,507,506
Total South East Region 94,764,649 104,151,377 111,483,442
Avon and Somerset 9,379,982 11,184,221 11,885,521
Devon and Cornwall 2,929,160 6,407,447 7,118,202
Dorset 4,878,557 5,679,185 6,306,732
Gloucestershire 3,609,646 3,595,701 3,651,902
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 10,933,502 12,127,133 15,118,051
Wiltshire 3,711,278 5,085,565 5,741,376
Total South West Region 38,869,240 44,079,253 49,821,783
Dyfed Powys 3,324,554 3,955,288 4,325,342
Gwent 5,857,625 5,903,094 5,617,483
North Wales 6,367,896 7,303,005 8,598,513
South Wales 10,004,092 9,879,206 10,466,440
Total Wales 25,554,167 29,007,777 29,007,777
(1) Total amount imposed includes financial impositions made in the magistrates courts which include fines, compensation, costs and victims surcharge along with fines ordered in the crown court and unpaid fixed penalty notices and public notices for disorder which are transferred to HMCS for collection as a fine.

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