Fiscal fine

A fiscal fine (formally a fixed penalty conditional offer) is a form of deferred prosecution agreement in Scotland issued by a procurator fiscal for certain summary offences as an alternative to prosecution. Alternatives to prosecution are called direct measures in Scotland.[1]

Fiscal fines can vary between £50 and £300, but a compensation offer may be issued either separately or additionally with similar effect but with payment going to the victim of crime: these can be of any amount not exceeding £5,000.[2][3] Whilst not being recorded as a conviction[4] or formal admission of guilt,[5] the payment of a fiscal fine can be revealed in certain circumstances, including a requirement by the General Medical Council for disclosure.[6] The power to issue fiscal fines is conferred by section 302 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995[7] as amended by section 50 of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007.[8]