Fine procedure

A fine procedure means that the prosecutor or police resolve the fine in writing, that is, the case is not heard in court. 

The authorities use the fine procedure to issue three types of fines: fixed petty fine orders, fine orders and penal orders. More information on these fines is available below. 

Fixed petty fine

A fixed petty fine (fixed petty fine order) is a fixed fine imposed by a police officer, customs officer, border guard, game and fisheries warden, or prosecutor. A fixed petty fine is the most lenient type of fine. 

Fine order

A police officer, customers officer, border guard or game and fisheries warden can impose a fine (fine order) of at most 20 unit fines. 

A fine order is usually given for offences such as petty theft, most traffic offences, and operating a vehicle without a licence.

Penal order

A penal order can only be given by a prosecutor. The police first make a fine request and submit it to the prosecutor. The prosecutor then imposes the fine and the fine, or penal order, is sent to the recipient by post.

A prosecutor imposes fines for offences which merit more than 20 unit fines and offences that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the pre-trial investigation authority. 

The prosecutor will also impose a fine when the person fined and the authority imposing the fine disagree on the income of the person fined, and the person fined wants to submit an account to the authority regarding a material change in their solvency. In such cases, the police will issue a fine request to the person fined.

If you have received a fine request 

You have the right to submit an account on the matter. The form for providing additional information can be found on the page for submitting an account.

The Office of the Prosecutor General does not handle fine cases. If you have questions regarding a fine, please contact a Prosecution District.

Contact information of Prosecution Districts

The authority responsible for collecting the fines is the Legal Register Centre.