Guidance for criminal barristers and solicitors. New proposals introduced by the government are set to increase magistrates court fines.
Existing fines on the level 1 to level 4 will be quadrupled.
Fines a level 5 scale, which currently are set at £5000, will in most cases become unlimited fines.
The proposed changes would be felt most keenly in many regulatory offences and business offences.
Fines imposed will still be commensurate to a persons means. To take effect, the introduction of these changes, currently a statutory instrument, would require changes to the existing Magistrates Court Sentencing Guidelines.
The statutory instrument can be viewed here: