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                                                        FINES (PENALTY UNITS) ACT, 2000 ACT 572

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

 

1. Fines to be expressed as penalty units.

2. Pecuniary value of a penalty unit.

3. Fines in existing enactments converted to penalty units.

4. Interpretation.

5. Repeals.

SCHEDULES

First Schedule One penalty unit is equal to 20,000.00.

Second Schedule

 

ACT 572

FINES (PENALTY UNITS) ACT, 20001(1)

 

 

AN ACT to provide for fines in enactments to be expressed in terms of penalty units, to provide for

the amounts of fines in existing enactments to be converted into penalty units and to provide for

related matters.

 

1. Fines to be expressed as penalty units

Where in an enactment provision is made for the imposition of a fine as a penalty for the contravention

of a provision in the enactment, the amount of the fine shall be expressed in terms of a number of penalty

units.

 

2. Pecuniary value of a penalty unit

(1) For the purposes of this Act, one penalty unit is equal to the amount of cedis specified in the First

Schedule.

(2) The Attorney-General may, by legislative instrument, amend the First Schedule except that the

value of one penalty unit shall not exceed a sum equivalent to one third of the prevailing national daily

minimum wage multiplied by thirty.

3. Fines in existing enactments converted to penalty units

(1) Subject to subsection (2), where in an existing enactment

(a) provision is made for the imposition of an amount of cedis as a fine or penalty for the


 

 

contravention of a provision in the enactment; and

 

(b) the existing fine is of an amount specified in column 1 of the Second Schedule,

there shall be substituted for the fine the new maximum fine specified in relation to it in column 2 of the

Second Schedule and the new fine shall be expressed and read as the number of penalty units

correspondingly provided in column 3 of the Second Schedule.

 

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to

(a) an existing enactment which came into force on or after 1st January 1997, or

(b) the fines in an existing enactment amended since 1st January 1997.

(3) Where an existing enactment to which subsection (1) would have applied, but for the exclusion in

subsection (2) has a provision of an amount of a fine expressed in currency, the amount shall, on the

coming into force of this Act be read and construed as calculated in terms of the equivalent of a number

of penalty units based on the value of one penalty unit as specified in the First Schedule.

4. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,

 

“existing enactment” means an enactment in force immediately before the coming into force of

this Act;

 

“fine” means a pecuniary penalty to which a person may be liable for breach of a provision in an

enactment.

 

5. Repeals

Spent.2(2)

 

SCHEDULES

 

First Schedule

 

ONE PENALTY UNIT IS EQUAL TO 20,000.00.

[Section 2 (1)]

 

Second Schedule

 

[Section 3 (1)]

 

Existing maximum fines New maximum fines Equivalent number of

penalty units

1. 2,000.00

2. 5,000.00

3. 10,000.00

20,000.00

50,000.00

100,000.00

1 penalty unit

2.5 penalty units

5 penalty units

 


 

 

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4. 20,000.00 200,000.00 10 penalty units

5. 50,000.00 500,000.00 25 penalty units

6. 100,000.00 1 million 50 penalty units

7. 400,000.00 4 million 200 penalty units

8. 500,000.00 5 million 250 penalty units

9. 1 million 10 million 500 penalty units

10. 2 million 20 million 1,000 penalty units

 


 

 

Endnotes

1 (Popup - Footnote)

 

1. The Act was assented to on 2nd February, 2000 and published in the Gazette on 11th February, 2000.

2 (Popup - Footnote)

 

2. The section provided for the repeal of the Penalties (Specified Fines) (Amendment) Law, 1991 (P.N.D.C.L.

251).


 

 

 

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