Our client, a young lady in her early 20’s, appeared before the court in relation to just under $35,000 worth of fines. An application under special circumstances provisions was not made possible as our client had not been diagnosed with any mental health condition, was not homeless, and nor did she have any form of addiction. The amount owing was overwhelming for her and she was facing an imprisonment upon default order in excess of 220 days just for driving on toll roads without a valid e-tag.
Dee Giannopoulos acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
The matter proceeded as a penalty enforcement hearing. Submissions were made to the court as to the circumstances within our client’s family home at the time the infringements were incurred. Our client had a strained relationship with her mother and would use her vehicle as an escape from the family home to avoid the tension. The magistrate sympathised with our client’s situation as well as with the fact that she had previously defaulted on payment plans because of the insecurity within her employment.
The magistrate ultimately discharged two thirds of the outstanding amount leaving our client with a more realistic figure that she could work towards paying off. Our client was not expecting to receive any form of decrease in the outstanding amount and as such was thoroughly grateful with this outcome.