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Covid Fines Will Be Refunded After A Court Ruling In Australia

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The largest state in Australia, New South Wales, is getting ready to reverse or refund tens of thousands of Covid fines that were imposed during the pandemic. The action is being done as a result of government attorneys admitting in court that some fines were unconstitutional. A legal advocacy group brought the test case.

States and territories in Australia implemented stringent restrictions during the pandemic, including restrictions on residents’ ability to travel and move outside of their homes. In New South Wales, police have the authority to punish violators of the law up to USD 670. The Redfern Legal Centre, a free legal aid organization, filed a test case on behalf of three plaintiffs in July, saying that the penalty letters’ failure to clearly identify the conduct rendered the plaintiffs’ fines, which ranged from $1,000 to $3,000, illegal.

The government’s attorneys acknowledged before the New South Wales Supreme Court that the plaintiff was fined in violation of the law. Soon after, the Commissioner of Fines Administration revoked 33,121 fines just under half of the 62,138 fines imposed in connection with COVID. The decision has no bearing on the remaining penalty. All penalties, such as licensing limitations, will be lifted. People who have already paid will get their money back.

“Today, three persons who successfully fought the NSW government over the legality of their COVID fines received justice!” Samantha Lee, the plaintiffs’ temporary attorney, made the following statement.

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