Sentencing Act 2002

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13 Sentence of fine

If a court is lawfully entitled under this or any other enactment to impose a fine in addition to, or instead of, any other sentence, the court must regard a fine as the appropriate sentence for the particular offence unless—


the court is satisfied that the purpose or purposes for which sentence is being imposed cannot be achieved by imposing a fine; or


the court is satisfied that the application of any of the principles in section 8 to the particular case make a fine inappropriate; or


any provision applicable to the particular offence in this or any other enactment provides a presumption in favour of imposing any other sentence or requires the court to impose any other sentence; or


the court is satisfied that a fine, on its own or in addition to a sentence of reparation, would otherwise be clearly inadequate in the circumstances.