The Government have announced another increase in the penalties paid by anyone processed through the courts from October 2012 following a substantial hike in the victim surcharge.

Previously the so called victim surcharge (which does not go to the victim) was only demanded for penalties carrying a fine. The penalty charge has now been extended to include all of the main court disposals.

Under the new penalties, in addition to a criminal record, a punishment, costs and compensation, the Government will impose and additional amount:

Conditional discharge: £15

Fines: 10 per cent of the value of the fine, rounded up or down to the nearest pound, which must be no less than £20 and no more than £120.

Community orders: £60

Suspended sentences of imprisonment (where the sentence of imprisonment is for a period of 6 months or less) £80

Other surcharges apply to longer sentences and those imposed in the Crown Court. 

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012 come into effect in October 2012