Fines & payments

If you would like to dispute a fine, please follow this link:

Can I dispute a fine?

 

UPDATE 13 September 2022: Courts remain an essential service and will remain open despite the presence of COVID-19 in the community.

Courts and Tribunals have protocols that provide a framework for ensuring that everyone who needs to participate in proceedings is able to do so.

Entering a court building

Access to a court or tribunal will be denied to anyone who:

  • is showing signs of illness, and tests positive to COVID-19 or:
  • has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last seven days.

Health and Safety

There may be limits on the number of people not directly involved in proceedings who can be physically present in courtrooms and court buildings.

To protect the safety of all court participants and staff, the following health and safety measures can be expected if you are visiting a court or tribunal:

  • Every person in the public areas of a court building are encouraged to wear a surgical or KN95 mask (or equivalent). A KN95 mask must be worn by all participants in hearings, if directed by the presiding judicial officer.
  • Wash/sanitise your hands. Sanitiser is readily available throughout the buildings

Please do not come to the courthouse if you are feeling unwell. Contact 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) if you cannot enter the courthouse and need to speak to us.

Our Contact Centre is open 8.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday for Fines and Civil Enforcement enquiries.

We understand this can be a very difficult time. We do have other options available, if you are going through hardship at the moment. Please contact us on 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) if you would like to discuss the options available to you.

 

 

  • About fines »

    Find out what fines are, how the court enforces fines and payment options. You can pay court fines online. Infringements like speeding or parking tickets become court fines if you don’t pay them on time.

  • About civil debt »

    A civil debt is when the court has made a decision about a private dispute over money or property. The court decision is an order or judgment and tells the debtor that they must pay the creditor.

  • Civil debt interest calculator »

    You can use this tool to calculate the total amount owed (including interest) on court-awarded civil judgments.

  • About reparation »

    How to receive or pay reparation. An offender pays reparation to a victim who has suffered emotional harm or had property lost or damaged as a result of crime.

  • Offender levy »

    The offender levy is a $50 levy that any person or company sentenced in the District Court or High Court pays. It funds services for victims and ensures offenders help address harm caused by crime.

  • Legal aid debt »

    Find out how to pay a legal aid debt, options to pay by automatic payment or lump sum payments, and interest charges on legal aid debt.

  • Cost Contribution Orders  »

    Find out about Cost Contribution Orders for family matters including what they are, if they're classed as legal aid debt and how to pay them.

  • Contact us »

    Contact the Ministry of Justice about fines, reparation, and civil debt.

  • Ways to make or receive a payment »

    If you previously made or received payment by cheque for Ministry-related services, see the information below for payment alternatives.