In the last two years, the debt resulting from unpaid fines and the costs of court proceedings increased from USD 210 million to almost half a billion. Pessimistic data has recently been published by the National Debt Register. What is the main reason for the diametrical increase in debt in such a short period of time?
The courts enforce the 2015 Criminal Code Amendment
Registers of debtors in Poland have existed for many years. Interestingly, however, it wasn’t until 2015 that the amendment to the Criminal Code introduced an obligatory obligation for courts to enter in debt in terms of unpaid fines and costs of proceedings. However, there was a lack of appropriate tools and employees responsible for it. Therefore, for two years the introduced provisions were not respected in any way.
The deadlock was interrupted in 2017 with the emergence of a special electronic platform that enabled courts to quickly enter debtors in the register. All cases from 2015 were also included. This is the main reason why the amount of debt increased from USD 210 million to almost half a billion. At present, the exact debt of Poles to courts is USD 485.5 million.
Pomeranian infamous record holders
The debt of the Pomeranian Voivodeship reaches USD 81 million! It is over 13 million more than in the case of Mazowieckie voivodship (67.9 million). As it turns out, the culprit is one man from Słupsk, who indebted himself to the court for USD 48 million. He is behind the shameful record of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.
Once again, the National Debt Register puts men in a bad light. As it turns out, over USD 420 million in debts to courts belong to men. Regarding age groups, the smallest amounts occur for millenials and seniors. The largest amount (USD 190 million) is observed in the 36-45 age group.