Magistrates’ fine cap lift

Sections 85(1), (2) and (4) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 12 March 2015, providing that all fines and maximum fines in Magistrates’ Courts of £5,000 or more are now unlimited, meaning that magistrates are now able to impose higher fines.

This unlimited cap only applies to fines for offences committed after 12 March 2015.


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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