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Court Fines – Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

Why have I received a collection notice?
What should I do when I receive a notice?
What should I do if I disagree with the debt?
If I can't pay right away, can I have more time?
What will happen if I don't pay my bill?
If I have filed for bankruptcy, do I still need to pay court fines?
A judge gave me more time to pay, and yet I'm still being asked to pay immediately. What can I do?
I cannot pay and wish to serve time in jail instead. What do I have to do?
I served time instead of paying my court fine. What should I do if I feel I'm now being asked to pay again?
Why are you taking my income tax refund or GST/HST credit?
How do I contact you?

Answers:

Why have I received a collection notice?

You currently owe a debt to the province. Further details are included in your notice, including the amount you owe and how to pay. Your debt may be the result of:
  • a court fine
  • other court order

What should I do when I receive a notice?

Please pay the amount due by the due date indicated on the notice. There are several ways in which you can pay. Please see How to Pay for details.

What should I do if I disagree with the debt?

If you disagree or do not understand it and would like more information, please call the number indicated on your notice or call 1-800-361-5050

If I can't pay right away, can I have more time?

We do consider alternative payment arrangements. First, we will need to determine your ability to pay.

Please contact us directly to discuss a payment arrangement by phoning the number provided on your notice/bill or phone 1-866-361-5050.

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What will happen if I don't pay my bill?

We may initiate the following actions:
  • place a notice of Crown Debt on your property
  • issue a demand on your wages, bank account or other accounts
  • set off funds owed to you by the provincial or federal government

I have filed for Bankruptcy; do I still need to pay Court fines?

Yes. Court fines are exempt from Bankruptcy proceedings and you are required to pay them.

A judge gave me more time to pay, and yet I'm still being asked to pay immediately. What can I do?

Our records may not have been updated, or were updated after you received your notice. Please contact the court house to confirm the extension and defer your payment.

I cannot pay and wish to serve time in jail instead. What do I have to do?

Please contact the court house in your area and ask for information on the process of applying to serve time.

I served time instead of paying my court fine. What should I do if I feel I am now being asked to pay again?

Please contact the court house where you were charged to discuss your case.

Why are you taking my income tax refund or GST/HST credit?

If you owe a debt to the Province of British Columbia, we can offset monies owing to you from the Canada Revenue Agency.

How do I contact you?

Please call the phone number provided on the letters and notices you receive, or you can call 1-866-361-5050.

 

 
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