If you don't pay your fine and you ignore all reminders, the Magistrates' Court may issue an Enforcement Warrant against you and a fee of $62.60* will be added to your fine.
An Enforcement Warrant can be issued against a company or an individual. Once an Enforcement Warrant is issued, a sheriff's officer has the power to search for and seize your property to sell, wheel clamp or detain your vehicle, remove your vehicle’s number plates.
Learn more about what happens when the Sheriff contacts you on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website.
To avoid further enforcement action against you once an Enforcement Warrant has been issued, you can:
Enforcement Warrants are issued by a registrar of the Magistrates’ Court and sent to the Sheriff of Victoria electronically. The Court can issue warrants electronically under section 115(3) of the Fines Reform Act 2014.
Electronically issued warrants mean sheriff’s officers can access information to make it easier to engage with you and reflect modern processes of Fines Victoria and the Court.
When a warrant is executed, sheriff’s officers will provide you with:
If you do not pay the full amount owed, apply to pay by instalments or ask for more time to pay, as an individual, you will be personally served with a 7 Day Notice. Sheriff’s officers can also take other enforcement action against you such as wheel clamping your vehicle or seizing your property.
For more information on court fines, see Court fine FAQs.
If you'd like to find out more or discuss your options, contact Fines Victoria.
* Fine amounts and fees correct as of 1 July 2023. Amounts are adjusted in July each year.
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The Sheriff of Victoria is an officer of the Supreme Court of Victoria responsible for actioning warrants issued by Victorian courts for civil and criminal matters.
If a fine remains unpaid, the Sheriff must enforce the warrant issued against you. Sheriff's officers have authority under the legislation to action warrants.
A sheriff's officer can:
See what happens when the sheriff contacts you on the Department of Justice and Community Safety website.