Sentencing Act 2002

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14 Reparation, fines, and financial capacity of offender


Even if it would be appropriate in accordance with section 13 to impose a fine, a court may nevertheless decide not to impose a fine if it is satisfied that the offender does not or will not have the means to pay it.


If a court considers that it would otherwise be appropriate to impose a sentence of reparation and a sentence of a fine, but it appears to the court that the offender has or will have the means to pay a fine or make reparation, but not both, the court must sentence the offender to make reparation.