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INFRINGEMENTS ACT 2006 - SECT 160

Powers of the Court

    (1)     If the Court is satisfied of a matter specified in subsection (2) on an infringement offender being brought before the Court in respect of an outstanding fine under an infringement warrant, the Court may make an order—

        (a)     discharging in full any outstanding fine; or

        (b)     discharging in part any outstanding fine; or

        (c)     discharging in part any outstanding fine and order that the infringement offender be imprisoned for a term fixed in accordance with section 160AB; or

        (d)     that is a fine default unpaid community work order under Division 5 of Part 3B of the Sentencing Act 1991 ; or

        (e)     adjourning the further hearing of the matter for a period of up to 6 months.

    (2)     For the purposes of subsection (1), the specified matters are—

        (a)     that an infringement offender has a mental or intellectual impairment, disorder, disease or illness; or

        (b)     without limiting paragraph (a), that special circumstances apply to an infringement offender; or

        (c)     that having regard to an infringement offender's situation, imprisonment would be excessive, disproportionate or unduly harsh.

    (3)     If the Court is not satisfied of a matter specified in subsection (2), the Court may make one or more of the following—

        (a)     an order that is a fine default unpaid community work order under Division 5 of Part 3B of the Sentencing Act 1991 ;

        (b)     a time to pay order;

        (c)     an instalment order;

        (d)     an order adjourning the hearing or further hearing of the matter for up to 6 months on any terms that it thinks fit;

        (e)     an order that the infringement offender be imprisoned for a term fixed in accordance with section 160AB.

    (4)     The Court must not make an order under subsection (1)(c) or (3)(e) if the infringement offender satisfies the Court that the infringement offender

        (a)     did not have the capacity to pay the outstanding fine; or

        (b)     had another reasonable excuse for non‑payment.

    (5)     The Court must not make an order under subsection (1)(c) or (3)(e) unless it is satisfied that no other order under the relevant subsection is appropriate in all the circumstances of the case.

S. 160AA inserted by No. 29/2016 s. 86.



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