Fine Increased After Court Date

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Fine Increased After Court Date

by: pr1244883 on
Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:05 pm

Hello,

I recently had a trial date set for a simple bylaw infraction (sign related). The set fine and victim fine surcharge was $18.75.

I had requested disclosure, received the package and intended to go to court, however I had a work related meeting come up and couldn't make the court date.

Since I missed the court date I received a letter of conviction, stating I owed $28.75. The fine had increased $10 for no apparent reason. I can afford either fine, but isn't this illegal to increase the fine after court? Isn't the set fine for all tickets assume that everyone will go to court and those costs are built in?

Thanks in advance.

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by: Reflections on
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:53 pm

Different rates are common. For speeding you actually get a "discount" rate for paying without going to court. Covers court costs and the such.
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by: pr1244883 on
Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:17 am

So I receive my court date letter saying I committed a bylaw offence with a set fine of $18.75.

I get convicted of this bylaw and the fine has now increased randomly $10 to $28.75.

It's the exact same offence but the fine changed when I left the court room compared to when I entered it.

This is allowed?


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by: Radar Identified on
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:13 pm

If the set fine is $18.75, then you'd add $5 for court costs and, I think, $5 for the victim surcharge (I'd have to double-check that amount, though)... so $28.75 is the correct total payable.
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