Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Dominic Hannigan (Meath East, Labour)
Question 538: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if the provision in law where a fine can be deduced from a person’s contributory pension for the non-payment of fines instead of their undergoing jail time has begun; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8428/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
The Fines Act 2010 contains a number of provisions designed to reduce the number of people committed to prison for the non-payment of fines, including arrangements for the payment of fines by instalments. There is, however, no provision in the Act or in any other legislation, for a court to order the deduction of a fine from a contributory pension.