MoJ to look at increasing financial penalties for offenders to ‘reduce burden on tax-payer’

pound coinThe Ministry of Justice is looking at increasing the financial penalties paid by offenders to to ‘reduce burden on tax-payer’. In a review announced last week, the MoJ will look into ‘the structure and purpose of court-ordered financial impositions for offenders’. The review has as its main objectives, ensuring that such penalties play ‘an appropriate – and sustainable – role in meeting court running costs and reducing the burden on the taxpayer’; allowing judges ‘greater discretion’ in setting financial impositions; and making penalties ‘a more effective sentencing tool’

You can read the terms of the review here.

According to the MoJ, the review will ‘consider how we currently impose costs and penalties on offenders, to seek to bring greater simplicity and clarity to the system in England and Wales, while ensuring that penalties are levied appropriately and offenders contribute to the costs of administering justice’. In particular it will look at ‘ the scope to generate additional revenue and how current receipts are allocated’.

About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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