Application to dispute that a fine
has been filed in court
SECTION 78B OF THE SUMMARY PROCEEDINGS ACT 1957
When to use this form
Use this form if:
• the court is requiring you to pay a fine
but
• you believe that the prosecuting authority made a mistake
when they sent the fine to the court.
This form cannot be used to cancel your fine.
The court cannot cancel your fine.
Only the prosecuting authority can do this.
Submitting your application
You can either:
• Scan your evidence and application form and email it to
disputefine@justice.govt.nz
• Post your evidence and application form to
Ministry of Justice, Dispute Fine, DX SX10099, Wellington
• Hand in your evidence and application form to
your nearest District Court
See justice.govt.nz or the blue pages of your phonebook for details.
Getting more information
If you need further help completing this form,
please call 0800 4 FINES
(
0800 434 637
)
or visit fines.govt.nz
KEY WORDS
Below are explanations of
some of the words we use
in this application form.
CRN The reference number
of an infringement notice.
Complied Followed the
prosecuting authority’s
instructions.
Dispute Disagree with
something. In this case,
you disagree with your
infringement notice being
sent to court.
Enforcement action
An action the court may take
to ensure the fine is paid by
the person who broke the law.
Evidence Something, like
a document, that is used to
prove a fact.
Fine What an infringement
notice becomes when it is
filed in court.
Hearing A formal session at
court overseen by a judge
or justice of the peace. At a
hearing you can say why you
should not have been fined
and the prosecuting authority
can say why they think you
should be fined. The judge
will then decide whether
or not you should have
been fined.
Infringement Breaking the
law, where the law breaking
is minor, like speeding or
parking where you aren’t
supposed to.
Infringement notice 
The original document sent
or given to someone by a
prosecuting authority to
say that they’ve broken the
law, like a parking ticket or
speeding ticket.
Oence An action (or a
failure to act) that has been
outlawed by Parliament and
can be punished.
Prosecuting authority 
An agency that can legally
issue an infringement
notice, like the police or a
city council.
Reminder notice 
Letter sent by the prosecuting
authority to remind you to
pay your fine.
Step 1 Give us your details
Full name
Date of birth
Current address
Postal address (if dierent)
Contact phone numbers day  evening 
Email address 
Step 2 Give us the details of the infringements
We need the date, oence type and CRN number of each infringement you are disputing.
You can find this information in the ‘Fine details’ box on your Notice of Court Fine.
DATE OF INFRINGEMENT OFFENCE TYPE CRN
EXAMPLE
04 April 2012 No evidence of vehicle inspection 1234 567 890
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Step 3 Tell us why you believe the prosecuting
authority made a mistake and how you can prove it
Please tick the reason that describes the mistake that you believe the prosecuting authority made.
You can choose more than one reason. These are the only reasons allowed by law, as listed in section 78B(1)
of the Summary Proceedings Act. If none of these reasons describe your situation, your fine cannot be returned
to the prosecuting authority and you will need to pay the fine. You must send us evidence to prove your reasons.
There are examples of what evidence you might want to use next to each reason. You don’t have to use these
examples. Use evidence that proves your case.
1. My identity was mistaken
I am not the person who was issued with this infringement notice
or Idid not own the vehicle when the infringement notice was issued.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
Information from the motor vehicle
register showing you did not own the
vehicle on the date of the infringement.
2. I did not get a reminder notice
My postal address was dierent from where the reminder notice was sent,
at the time it was sent
and my address was up to date on my vehicle registration
and I was not given the infringement notice in person
and I have not previously used this reason to dispute this fine.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
An ocial letter showing your address
at the time of the oence, like a power
bill or bank statement.
3. I did not get a notice of hearing
The prosecuting authority granted me a hearing to dispute this
infringement notice
but I did not get a notice about when the hearing would be held.
EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE
A copy of a letter or email from the
prosecuting authority showing where
the hearing notice was sent – ask them
for this – and an ocial letter, like a
bank statement or power bill, showing
your address at the time.
4. I asked for a hearing
I had asked the prosecuting authority in writing for
a hearing to dispute this infringement notice,
but the authority did not respond to my request.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
Your dated letter or email
asking for a hearing.
5. I complied with the prosecuting authority’s instructions
The prosecuting authority said I would not have to pay the fine if
I complied with their instructions, like getting a warrant of fitness,
and I complied with the prosecuting authority’s instructions
and told the prosecuting authority within the required timeframe.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
A copy of the infringement notice
showing what you had to do, and
a letter or email showing that you
told the prosecuting authority you
had done what they asked.
6. I had more time to ask for a hearing
The prosecuting authority gave me extra time to ask for a hearing to dispute
the infringement notice,
but they sent the infringement notice to the court before this time expired.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
A copy of the letter or email from
the prosecuting authority showing
that they gave you extra time.
7. I asked for more information
I asked the prosecuting authority for more information about the
infringement, like a speed camera photo, within a reasonable timeframe
and they did not refuse – they just failed to provide it.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
A dated copy of your letter or email
requesting more information.
8. I paid the prosecuting authority on time
The prosecuting authority received my full payment for
the infringement notice by the due date they gave.
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
A bank statement or receipt
showing details of the payment.
9. There was another procedural error
There was something else wrong with the process of filing the fine in court.
Call us to talk through your case – 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637).
EXAMPLE OF EVIDENCE
This will vary from case to case
– these cases are very rare.
Step 4 Confirm the reason you believe the
prosecuting authority made a mistake
EXAMPLE
Write the reason and its number (from Step 3) 1. My identity was mistaken
List your evidence A copy of the change of ownership papers
Write the reason and its number (from Step 3) 
List your evidence 
Step 5 Tell us anything else we might need to know
Please provide any further information you think will support your application. 
Step 6 Sign and date the form
  
Signature Date
Step 7 Do a quick check
Before sending in your application check
Have you followed steps 1 to 6?
Have you attached a copy of your evidence to prove your reason(s) for disputing that the prosecuting authority
has filed the fine in court?
If you have any questions, please call 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) or visit fines.govt.nz
Step 8 Send in your application
email post hand in
Scan your evidence and
application form and email it to
Post your evidence and
application form to
Hand in your evidence
and application form to
disputefine@justice.govt.nz Ministry of Justice Dispute Fine
DX SX10099
Wellington
your nearest District Court
See justice.govt.nz or the blue pages
of your phonebook for details.
Tear o this page and keep it for your records
I sent the form on 
Details of the fine(s) I was disputing 
The reason(s) I used (from Step 3) 
What happens next?
A registrar will consider your application and will send you a letter with their decision.
Please note it may take several weeks for your application to be processed.
If your application is accepted
The court will usually return the fine to the prosecuting authority, but they may make a dierent decision,
like ordering a rehearing.
The fine is not cancelled. You still need to talk to the prosecuting authority about what will happen with the fine.
The prosecuting authority could send you a new reminder or hearing notice (at the address you have supplied on
this form), or they may choose to withdraw the fine completely. If you do not hear from them within 2–3 weeks,
we strongly recommend you contact them, or the fine could end up back with the court for enforcement.
If your application is not accepted
You can pay the fine online at fines.govt.nz or call us on 0800 4 FINES
(
0800 434 637
)
to discuss payment options.
If you do not pay on time, we will take enforcement action to get payment from you, such as making deductions from
your wages or bank account. You may be charged a fee if we have to do this.
This form has been approved under section 209A of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 MOJ-COLL-0010_AUG2012 | ACI02.02
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