Rothesay shop worker has wages docked for court fine

The Scottish Courts Service has warned that it will deduct unpaid fines from offenders' wages if required.
The Scottish Courts Service has warned that it will deduct unpaid fines from offenders' wages if required.

A Rothesay shop worker found money taken from his wages after he failed to keep up payment on a fine for threatening behaviour.

The Scottish Courts Service said the man - who was not named, the SCS citing ‘data protection reasons’ for maintaining his anonymity - had failed to respond to warnings and the opportunity to engage with enforcement officers.

His employer was approached and the full sum was deducted directly from his earnings.

Cliff Binning, chief operations officer with the SCS, warned: “If you have an outstanding fine in the Rothesay area, we urge you to catch up with your payments now. If you don’t, you could be the next person to see your employer approached.

“We pursue all unpaid fines, from traffic offences to court penalties. If you are in genuine financial difficulty you can contact a member of the fines enforcement team to discuss your payment terms.

“There is no excuse for offenders not to pay their fines or contact our enforcement team for advice. Payment can be made online, by phone, by post or in person at any sheriff court or justice of the peace court.”

Astute observers of Mr Binnie’s comments will note that it has not been possible to pay a fine in person on Bute since November 2013, when the SCS closed down Rothesay Sheriff Court and transferred all the island’s civil and criminal business to Greenock in the name of an annual £6,000 saving.

However, most fines can be paid - if, that is, you have a credit or debit card - online at

Only fines which involve the endorsement of a driving licence with penalty points cannot be paid electronically - including some police traffic tickets and penalties issued by the Safety Camera Partnerships for speeding or running a red light.

In these instances offenders can post their licence to Scottish Court Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G59 9DA or take it in person to any Scottish court.

Most of the money collected through fines payment is sent to the UK Treasury under devolution arrangements set up within the Scotland Act 1998.