Saskatchewan gives residents extra six months to pay fines

To protect the health and safety of court users and staff, Saskatchewan’s provincial courts are no longer accepting fine payments in person and all enforcement measures on fines are temporarily suspended for the next six months.

The grace period exists for two reasons, Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan told reporters today. First, because of the possible financial position many may be in during the COVID-19 pandemic, and second, because many courthouses where payments are made have been closed.

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“We don’t want someone to make the choice between food and fines right now,” said Morgan.

These measures took effect March 19, 2020, and include late payment fees, files sent to SGI related to driver’s licenses suspensions, files sent to Canada Revenue Agency, and files sent to collection agencies.

This doesn’t mean the fines don’t have to be paid, said Morgan. Fine payments options are available through various methods including online at www.finepayment.saskatchewan.ca, toll free to 1-888-935-5555, or by mail to the address on the back of your ticket.

If your payment is necessary to get an SGI driver’s license that was suspended, court services will forward payment information within 48 hours of processing your payment.

Provincial court offices are still open to receive bail and restitution payments but anyone going in to the court house are asked to call first to arrange the payment.

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