THE Judiciary sought to calm the uncertainty surrounding the payment of fixed penalties in the event of breach of public health rules.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith told the NOW Morning Show on Tuesday that 10,000 tickets had been issued for not wearing face masks. This equates to a $ 10 million fine.
But the judiciary has been singled out for not allowing these fines to be paid.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said last week he would ask Cabinet to approve President Paula-Mae Weekes’ proclamation of the Electronic Payments In and Out of Courts Act 2018, overturning the ruling legal.
Over the past eight months, there have been successive deferrals of fine payments, with the last due to end on May 31.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, the judiciary said there are several options for paying electronically.
He said the judiciary collects both trust funds and income and has been prepared for online payments by online credit card, online debit card, credit card and Linx point of sale, as well as by voucher followed by the online entry of the voucher ID, as has been used with CourtPay for the receipt and payment of maintenance for several years.
He said that for revenue collection, as opposed to trust funds such as maintenance, however, the judiciary needed additional approvals from the Treasury, which in turn required approval from a response team. in the event of a cybersecurity incident.
The team is a body mandated to investigate and review; approve or reject online payment systems.
Approval is also required for a treasury attorney who must approve agreements with commercial banks.
The judiciary said the approvals took some time, as it was the first agency to seek to manage revenue in the way it had proposed.
He also said that a small loophole in the law, which appeared to prohibit the deduction at source of credit card fees and bank charges and, instead, include them in state revenue, has been corrected. , “So that the legitimacy of this activity was beyond doubt.
He added that the passage of the recently passed law enabled the finalization of agreements for online payments by credit card and debit card to be used to collect income and deduct fees at source, with only income being paid into the Treasury. The judiciary said these agreements were being finalized and the corresponding detention income accounts were open.
He also said he was looking to get approval for Linx outlets and credit card receipts and for the voucher system known as CourtPay to be used for revenue.
He said his call for expressions of interest (EOI) last week was a call for additional vendors to offer to sell forensic e-vouchers or e-wallets to accept funds on his behalf and remit payments. funds into its custodial income accounts using various technologies seen in the local market over the past two years.
âThe purpose of EOI is to explore additional solutions in an effort to bring more convenience to the public.
“In this regard, the judiciary is looking to the future with convenience for the public in mind.”
He said the publication of an expression of interest should not be interpreted as a starting point for the electronic revenue collection process, given that a ‘in-house’ forensic solution “had been developed for some time. and simply waited for the finalization of the required regulations. process.
The deadline for the EOI has been extended to Friday.