Written answers

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Department of Justice and Equality

Fines Indexation

Photo of Terence FlanaganTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Independent)
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171. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if all fines defined in legisation are index linked by the CPI each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47537/13]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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Part 2 of the Fines Act 2010, which was commenced on 4 January 2011, provides for the indexation of fines contained on the statute book up to the time of its enactment. All new legislation providing for the imposition of fines on summary conviction refer to a category of fine (Class A, B, C, D or E) which corresponds to a monetary value set out in the Act. There is no provision in the Act for the automatic application of increases or decreases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to these monetary values. Instead, my Department keeps these values under review and when movements in the CPI so warrant it, the monetary values in the Fines Act can be amended by the Oireachtas.

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