Suffolk court fines debt lowest in UK

SUFFOLK has the lowest amount of outstanding court fines of any county in England and Wales, government figures revealed today.

SUFFOLK has the lowest amount of outstanding court fines of any county in England and Wales, government figures revealed today.

At the end of the financial year to March 2007, fines amounting to £2,262,007 made in Suffolk courts had not been collected.

However this figure was dwarfed by that of other areas including London, which topped the chart with more than £111m outstanding, and the West Midlands, where £39m has not been collected.

The figures, released by the Ministry of Justice, show that across the country fines totalling almost half a billion pounds made by courts had not been paid.

They were made public following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

A national initiative to tackle the problem of unpaid court fines was launched in April this year, spearheaded by the new National Enforcement Service (NES).

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A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “The NES will improve data sharing and cooperation between agencies to tackle hardcore defaulters and will focus on more effective enforcement and therefore compliance.

“Enforcement officers will have strengthened powers introduced by the Courts Act 2003, better tools and specialist equipment and a recognisable and professional profile to raise confidence in the criminal justice system.”

The total amount uncollected in England and Wales stood at £485,597,240 - up from 474,292,175 in the previous financial year.

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