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Penalty Notices for Disorder

What is a penalty notice for disorder?

A penalty notice for disorder (PND) is a type of fixed penalty notice that can be issued to someone 18 years or over for a specified range of nine offences.

They were introduced in Northern Ireland on the 6th June 2012 as a result of the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and provide another valuable deterrent.

What are the benefits ?

PND’s provide police with a swift financial punishment to deal with misbehaviour and a practical deterrent to future re-offending. Issuing a penalty notice takes an officer approximately 30 minutes compared with up to 8 hours or more to manage a typical evidential case file.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • offer operational officers a new, effective alternative means of dealing with low-level, anti-social and nuisance offending
  • deliver swift, simple and effective justice that carries a deterrent effect
  • reduce the amount of time that police officers spend on completing paperwork and attending court, while simultaneously reducing the burden on the courts
  • increasing the amount of time officers spend on the street and dealing with more serious crime and to free the courts to deal with more serious offending

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