Significant changes to the fines regime under Manx Enactments

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The Interpretation Act 2015, as amended by the Statute Law Revision Act 2017, made significant changes to the amount of fine which may be imposed on summary conviction for offences under Manx enactments.

The relevant provisions of the Interpretation Act 2015 commenced on 1 January 2018.

New standard scale of fines

Section 55 of the Interpretation Act 2015 introduced a new standard scale of fines for offences punishable on summary conviction.  The standard scale may be amended from time to time and is to be construed and applied as it is from time to time amended.

Fines specified in existing Manx Enactments

Any Manx enactment which was in operation on 1 January 2018 and which specified a fine or maximum fine amount on summary conviction is to be construed as though the specified amount is that given for the first level in the standard scale that is higher than the amount which was in force immediately before that date.

Therefore a specified fine or specified maximum amount on summary conviction prescribed in an existing Manx enactment is to be construed as shown in the table below.

Fine or maximum fine amount prescribed before 1 January 2018

Fine or maximum fine amount from 1 January 2018

Level on standard scale

£1 to £499

£500

Level 1

£500 to £999

£1,000

Level 2

£1,000 to £1,999

£2,000

Level 3

£2,000 to £4,999

£5,000

Level 4

£5,000 to £9,999

£10,000

Level 5

Maximum Fine on Summary Conviction of an Offence Triable on Information

The maximum fine which may be imposed on summary conviction of an offence triable on information is the amount set out in Level 5 in the standard scale except where –

  • the fine is to be calculated on a daily basis, or
  • the maximum fine on summary conviction of such an offence was greater than £5,000 before 1 January 2018.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS SHOWN IN THE ACTS ON THIS WEBSITE HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUSTED TO REFLECT THE NEW LEVELS.

THIS SUMMARY IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION ONLY.   PLEASE REFER TO SECTION 55 OF THE INTERPRETATION ACT 2015 FOR THE RELEVANT TEXT.