Fine

The Court has a variety of penalties for an offender of a crime; one method that the court can adopt is by way of fine. The offender must pay the amount that the Court has stipulated for the offence. The offender may be ordered to make payment of a fine, serve time in imprisonment, or both. The amount payable is usually outlined in the section of legislation that covers the offence. This amount is described in penalty units. For example, if an offence attracts a maximum of 50 penalty units, the maximum payable for committing that offence is $5,500.00

When issued a fine, each ‘penalty unit’ as referred to in the fine, equates to $110. This is given under s17 Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. For example, if an offence attracts a maximum of 50 penalty units, the maximum payable for committing that offence is $5,500.00

When imposing a fine, the Court will take into account the financial means of the offender: s6 Fines Act and will not impose a fine where the offender is unable to pay as held in the case of Rahme (1989) 42 A Crim R 81.

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