Where an adult offender is convicted of a crime, the court will order them to pay the Criminal Courts Charge. The charge applies to offences committed on or after 13th April 2015; see section 54(4) Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.
From 24th December 2015, the criminal courts charge will be suspended.
The charge will not be linked to the offender’s sentence, but will be imposed at a level set according to the costs reasonably attributable to a case of the class. The court will not be able to take the charge into account when they decide on the appropriate sentence.
The Criminal Courts Charge will also be ordered where an offender is unsuccessful in their appeal to the court or where they attend hearings for breaching certain court orders, such as failing to comply with community orders.
Any offender who is aged under 18 at the time the offence is committed will not be ordered to pay the Criminal Courts Charge.
Example 1 - Speeding, guilty plea
£150 criminal courts charge
£85 prosecution costs
£30 victim surcharge
Example 2 - Speeding, found guilty after trial
£520 criminal courts charge
£620 prosecution costs
£40 victim surcharge