Penalty Enforcement Warrant – Fines Partially Discharged
Our client was a 30-year old female on centrelink benefit with $70,000 worth of outstanding infringements that were at warrant stage. The infringements related to use of the CityLink tolls without an e-tag. The infringements were incurred over a period of 3 years; however as the client had defaulted on a payment plan with civic compliance, the payment plan was cancelled and the infringements referred to the Sheriff’s office for warrant enforcement.
Upon defaulting on the initial fines, two thirds of the amount was added as administrative costs which saw the fines reach a total of $70,000 when they reached the court stage.
Dee Giannopoulos represented our client at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court.
Favourable submissions on behalf of the client in relation to her mental health at the time the infringements were being incurred persuaded Magistrate to discharge two thirds of the fines. This meant that $50,000 was waived.
Client now owes $20,000 and has been placed on a payment plan.
Dee is based in our Melbourne office and appears at all Courts in Victoria. Dee’s commitment to her clients and her passion for justice drives her to achieve great results.
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