Fine performance by Scottish Government!

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Further evidence of SNP Scottish Government good governance illustrated in the high (and rising – over a 3 year period) level of successful collection of Court Fines. Link and snippet from Scottish Legal site below:

https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/fines-collection-rates-rise-as-offenders-forced-to-pay-up

The value of fines and penalties collected in the last three years has risen in all categories, reflecting consistently strong collection rates, the new Quarterly Fines Report from the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service reveals.

The 43rd Quarterly Fines Report shows that the value of Sheriff Court fines imposed during the three-year period between 2016/17 and 2019/20, and now either paid or on track to be paid as at 20 January 2020, has risen to 90 per cent – an increase of one percentage point over the last quarter.

The value of JP Court fines shows a rise of two percentage points from 88 to 90 per cent over the same period, while fiscal penalties are up three points from 73 to 76 per cent and Police Fixed Penalties are also up by three points from 78 to 81 per cent.

In the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin more than £17,000 was paid up by 75 offenders who had their bank accounts frozen over the past quarter with 37 offenders settling their bills immediately when they found their accounts had been arrested. This included a city driver who was fined £1,800 for multiple road traffic offences but had only paid a fraction of his fines. He settled the total amount within four days of finding his account blocked.

In Lothian and Borders Sheriffdom, an Edinburgh man fined for drug dealing, fraud and driving while using a phone stumped up £2,335 after his account was frozen. The drug dealer had previously ignored warnings and dodged paying up for more than two years until enforcement officers obtained the successful bank arrestment order.

7 thoughts on “Fine performance by Scottish Government!

  1. It’s fine! 🙂

    Well, I had copied this over a couple of days ago, but decided it wasn’t that interesting to post as a potential post – I couldn’t think of much to say about it! Except maybe, good research, and interesting findings. But the whole thing seemed like a detail thing, to inform sentencing, which is what this news item says. Hearing on GMS this morning the sensationalisation of it, the suggestion that they won’t jail people below the age of 25… And that it needs a public consultation?! It may have wider implications for the wider world, but I am sure the judiciary are not going to be rushing into anything, sentencing younger people doesn’t mean they won’t go to jail! Anyway:

    Finding that brains do not fully mature until 25 to inform sentencing of young people
    https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/finding-that-brains-do-not-fully-mature-until-25-to-inform-sentencing-of-young-people

    “The review findings confirm that the adolescent brain continues to develop into adulthood and does not reach full maturity until approximately 25-30 years of age.

    The review, understood to be the first of its kind in the Scottish context, found that the areas of the brain governing emotion develop sooner than those which assist with cognitive abilities and self-control. This imbalance explains the increased risk-taking and emotionally driven behaviour commonly attributed to young people.

    Furthermore, brain development may be delayed or hindered by other factors such as mental disorders and distress, adverse childhood experiences, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and alcohol and substance use. These contextual risks therefore introduce significant vulnerability in young people. The very nature of brain development during the transition to adulthood is often at the root of the risk-taking behaviour which can cause further damage to the already vulnerable younger brain.”

    “All of this means that the younger brain is less well-equipped to enable good life choices and exert self-control, and is disproportionately vulnerable to the factors which can compound these problems.

    As the brain continues to develop during our late teens and into our twenties, and in light of these wider findings, the research finds that there is a strong case for considering cognitive maturity in judicial decision-making up to at least age 25”

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    1. While I recognise you, Contrary, are joking, Good Morning Scotland took the opportunity to report a text they claimed to have received that “this is surely evidence that 16 – 25 year olds should not have the vote.” No information given about the provenance of this text. It was just another example of the use of ‘vox pops’ to drip feed the poison.

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      1. Huh, you expect that sort of thing in the phone-in, but that’s hardly an appropriate comment for GMS – I missed it, too busy focusing on their mad interpretation that ‘inform sentencing’ = no one would go to jail under the age of 25. They really are a bunch of chancers. I wish we didn’t have such a hostile media – how can you discuss genuine issues when everything you say could be misrepresented?

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