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Special circumstances and fines

The law recognises that there may be special circumstances why a person is not able to pay their fine.

The law recognises that there may be special circumstances why a person is not able to pay their fine. Special circumstances may be found where a person:

  • has a mental illness, intellectual disability, disorder, disease or illness
  • has a serious drug addiction (including alcohol or a volatile substance)
  • have been a victim of family violence (which resulted in the person being unable to control the conduct of the offence), or
  • is homeless (including couch surfing or other insecure accommodation).

See Fines—Special circumstances

For the process of challenging a fine, see Fines—Contesting the fine.

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