Fines as a sentencing option

In 2006-07, the Sentencing Council conducted an evaluation of fines as a sentencing option.

The Council's review consisted of a judicial survey and a research report.

The Council's publications in relation to this review, and the Government's response, are found below.

Judicial Perceptions of Fines as a Sentencing Option

A judicial survey examined how court-imposed fines are being imposed. Published in August 2007.

Download: Judicial Perceptions of Fines as a Sentencing Option: A Survey of NSW Magistrates [PDF 454KB]

The Effectiveness of Fines as a Sentencing Option: Court-imposed fines and penalty notices

The Council was asked to consider the effectiveness of fines as a sanction, and the consequences for those who do not pay them. The Council was specifically directed to examine the use of driver license sanctions to enforce fine default, and to explore any possible connection to increased imprisonment rates arising out of s 25 and s 25A of the Road Transport (Driver Licencing) Act 1998. Interim Report, published in October 2006.

Download: The Effectiveness of Fines as a Sentencing Option: Court-imposed fines and penalty notices [PDF 837KB]

Government response