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Courts: Fines

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL3324, tabled on 4 November 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of court-ordered fines that were (1) issued, (2) collected, and (3) cancelled, in each financial year since 2010.

Answered on

18 November 2015

The tables below, published in the HMCTS Trust Statement, show the value of fines and victim surcharge orders imposed, collected and cancelled since April 2011.

It is not possible to break the value of victims’ surcharge imposed, collected and cancelled down into the categories of adults, youths and organisations nor report on how many times the victims’ surcharge was imposed, collected and cancelled against various sentences; to do so would incur disproportionate costs as these figures can only be identified by carrying out a manual check of all live and closed financial imposition accounts.


Fines

Fines Imposed

Value of fines collected in the same year of imposition

Value of fines cancelled in the same year of imposition (administrative and legal cancellations) 1

Total value of fines collected regardless of imposition date 2

Total value of fines administratively cancelled regardless of imposition date 3

Total value of fines legally cancelled regardless of imposition date 3

2010/11

Data is only available in this format from April 2011 onwards 4

£35,872,328

£45,552,942

2011/12

£227,342,345

£79,148,756

£21,301,334

£155,795,149

£44,738,459

£45,772,502

2012/13

£237,280,254

£82,277,185

£24,728,112

£156,283,468

£53,663,354

£44,516,757

2013/14

£233,012,097

£79,524,734

£25,864,207

£156,063,245

£68,213,510

£44,781,612

2014/15

£250,740,040

£84,688,512

£22,863,892

£161,930,070

£45,344,786

£41,110,741

Victim Surcharge

Victim surcharge imposed

Value of victim surcharge collected in the same year of imposition

Value of victim surcharge cancelled in the same year of imposition (administrative and legal cancellations) 1

Total value of victim surcharge collected regardless of imposition date 2

Total value of victim surcharge administratively cancelled regardless of imposition date 3

Total value of victim surcharge legally cancelled regardless of imposition date 3

2010/11

Data is only available in this format from April 2011 onwards 4

£501,887

£473,116

2011/12

£12,199,956

£6,810,532

£645,381

£10,281,567

£1,355,514

£1,163,017

2012/13

£15,508,307

£7,607,886

£888,027

£10,517,641

£1,605,519

£1,384,779

2013/14

£33,726,535

£15,343,460

£2,265,389

£19,548,368

£2,395,662

£2,937,982

2014/15

£38,631,424

£17,302,260

£2,350,532

£24,569,735

£2,362,914

£3,711,748

Data notes:

1. The values of fines and victim surcharge that were cancelled in the same year of Imposition cannot be broken down into administrative and legal cancellations.

2. The ‘total value of fines collected in a year’ includes the ‘value of fines collected in the same year of imposition’.

3. The figures representing the total value of fines and victim surcharge administratively cancelled both include the values of those impositions administratively cancelled in the same year of imposition. Impositions are only administratively cancelled in accordance with a strict criteria. Legal cancellations occur after the case has been reconsidered by a Judge or Magistrate.

4. The reporting functionality from which this data has been extracted has only been in existence since April 2011 and it is not possible to break the data for 2010 down in the same format.