Paying fines and judgment amounts
Paying a fine in criminal cases
Within 28 days of a court ordering you to pay a fine, you will need to pay it in full, arrange to pay by instalments or request an extension of the time allowed to pay. If you do not make arrangements within 28 days, an additional $65 penalty will apply.
How can I pay the fine?
You can pay by:
- Online payment
- Cheque or money order payable to the Local Court.
- EFTPOS, including debit cards and major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, and AMEX) ( NOTE: Payment by debit/credit card can only be accepted if paying in person or paying an account by telephone)
- Centrepay instalments – if you receive a Centrelink benefit, you can request deductions from your benefit. Complete the Early Enforcement Payment by Centrepay Instalments form. Also available from the Local Court registry.
- Instalments – if you do not receive a Centrelink benefit, you can apply to pay by instalments direct to the court. Complete the Application for Time to Pay Court Fines form
You can also ask for an extension of the 28 days. Contact the local court immediately if you cannot make a payment that you have agreed to make.
For more information download the fact sheet on paying fines (PDF , 229.3 KB)
Victims Support Levy
The Victims Support Levy or VSL (formerly Victims Compensation Levy - VCL) is an amount levied on people who are found guilty of offences in New South Wales courts. The VSL is not a penalty imposed by a court or judicial officer; it is imposed automatically by legislation when a person is convicted of an offence by a court.
A victims compensation levy needs to be paid within 28 days of the court finalising the case.
For more information download the fact sheet on court levies. (PDF , 285.3 KB)
Court Costs Levy
From 13 May 2013, people who are found guilty of offences in summary proceedings before a local court may have to pay a Court Costs Levy (CCL). The CCL is not a penalty imposed by a court or judicial officer; it is imposed automatically by legislation when a person is convicted of an offence by the local court.
A court costs levy needs to be paid within 28 days of the court finalising the case.
For more information download the fact sheet on court levies (PDF , 285.3 KB)
What happens if you do not pay your fine?
If you do not pay the fine on time or make other payment arrangements, the outstanding amount will be referred to Revenue NSW which will take further action.
The types of action Revenue NSW can take include:
- suspending or cancelling your driver's licence or vehicle registration - known as RMS restrictions
- issuing a garnishee order to take money from your bank account or wages
- ordering you to do community service
- issuing a property seizure order that authorises the Office of the Sheriff to seize and sell your property.
In certain circumstances, you may be able to apply Revenue NSW to perform unpaid community work or undergo treatment. See Revenue NSW Work and Development Order. If the fine was ordered for a commonwealth offence, other types of enforcement action may be taken against you.
Paying a judgment amount in civil cases
Judgment amounts that are determined in civil cases need to be paid immediately or as ordered by the court.
You need to pay a civil judgment amount directly to the party in whose favour the order was made.
What if you cannot afford to pay a judgment?
If you cannot pay the full amount, want an extension of time to pay or want to pay by instalments you should first speak to the person or firm to whom the money is owed. If they agree, put the agreement in writing. Both you and the other party need to sign this as a record of the agreement.
Alternatively, you can apply to a registrar at the court where the order was made. The registrar will make a decision. However, the other party can object. The objection may have to be heard by a judicial officer.
If you do not comply with the payment arrangement or do not pay the judgment amount as required, enforcement action may be taken to recover the amount owing.