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Magistrates' court (England & Wales)

The magistrates' court may fine you for committing a driving offence, not paying a fixed penalty notice, not having a television licence or many other criminal offences. They can also order you to pay compensation to any injured party and award costs against you.

The fine may be set at an initial hearing or as a result of a fixed penalty notice where the level of the fine is set automatically.

Fines are a priority debt as the magistrates' court has the power to send you to prison for non-payment. 

Read more about fines in the magistrates' court.