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Price of crime shoots up as courts hike fines by 100%

The police and magistrates’ courts have with immediate effect increased fines for criminal offences by 100 percent.

According to the new figures, an accused person will now pay minimum of RTGS$20 admission of guilt fine for Level One offences from a previous charge of $10 and a maximum of RTGS$$10 000 for Level 14 offences from RTGS$5 000. The new fines were published in the Government Gazette recently and have since become law.

The new standard scale applies only to offences committed on or after the date it became law, i.e. on or after 20th February. The previous standard scale will continue to apply to offences committed before 20th February and on or after the 23rd March 2017.

See the new fines below:

  NEW SCALE
[offences committed on/after
20th February 2019]
FORMER SCALE
[offences committed on/after 23rd March 2017 but before
20th February 2019]
Level Monetary Amount
(US $)* 
Now RTGS or Bond dollars
Monetary Amount
(US $)* Now RTGS or Bond dollars
1 20 10
2 30 15
3 60 30
4 100 100
5 200 200
6 400 300
7 800 400
8 1 200 500
9 1 600 600
10 2 000 700
11 2 500 1 000
12 3 000 2 000
13 5 000 3 000
14 10 000 5 000
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