Fines & payments

If you would like to dispute a fine, please follow this link:

Can I dispute a fine?

UPDATE 13 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Delta Alert Level 2.

Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but will operate differently. Please check the Courts of NZ website for the latest court protocols:

Courts of New Zealand - court protocols

Please do not come to the courthouse if you are feeling unwell.

Contact 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) if you cannot enter the courthouse or are not sure whether to attend.

Our Contact Centre is open 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday for Fines and Civil Enforcement enquiries.

We understand this can be a very difficult time. We do have other options available, if you are going through hardship at the moment. Please contact us on 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) if you would like to discuss the options available to you.

Health and safety measures

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region, including requirements for wearing face coverings.

Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.

You can download the latest Health and Safety Factsheet when it becomes available from the top of our COVID-19 information page:

COVID-19 Information

  • About fines »

    Find out what fines are, how the court enforces fines and payment options. You can pay court fines online. Infringements like speeding or parking tickets become court fines if you don’t pay them on time.

  • About civil debt »

    A civil debt is when the court has made a decision about a private dispute over money or property. The court decision is an order or judgment and tells the debtor that they must pay the creditor.

  • Civil debt interest calculator »

    You can use this tool to calculate the total amount owed (including interest) on court-awarded civil judgments.

  • About reparation »

    How to receive or pay reparation. An offender pays reparation to a victim who has suffered emotional harm or had property lost or damaged as a result of crime.

  • Offender levy »

    The offender levy is a $50 levy that any person or company sentenced in the District Court or High Court pays. It funds services for victims and ensures offenders help address harm caused by crime.

  • Legal aid debt »

    Find out how to pay a legal aid debt, options to pay by automatic payment or lump sum payments, and interest charges on legal aid debt.

  • Cost Contribution Orders  »

    Find out about Cost Contribution Orders for family matters including what they are, if they're classed as legal aid debt and how to pay them.

  • Contact us »

    Contact the Ministry of Justice about fines, reparation, and civil debt.

  • Ways to make or receive a payment »

    If you previously made or received payment by cheque for Ministry-related services, see the information below for payment alternatives.