Frequently asked questions
This page contains general answers to questions most frequently put to Legal Register Centre.
WHY DOES THE SUMMARY PENAL ORDER GIVEN BY THE POLICE NOT HAVE A DUE DATE?
The transfer slip given by the police in connection with the notification of a summary penal order gives you a chance to pay the fine immediately. All summary penal orders require the prosecutor's decision, only after which a matter is legally valid. At the time a summary penal order is issued, the date of the decision is not known.
WHEN IS A FINE TO BE PAID AND CAN IT BE DONE IN PART PAYMENTS?
A fine should be paid without delay. In practice, however, it takes about two months from the date of the decision before the data on the decision are accessible in the register of the Legal Register Centre. During that time, a fine can also be paid in parts by always using the given reference number. Nonetheless, part payments do not hinder the advancement of the matter. After the entry of the data on a decision into the register, a payment order with a due date is printed out in the matter and, in about a month from that, the unpaid part is transferred to collection by way of distraint.
CAN YOU GET RESPITE FOR THE PAYMENT OF A FINE/DAMAGES?
For motivated reasons, respite for payment of a fine and damages awarded to the state can be granted. Respite can be granted by the Legal Register Centre while a matter is not yet in execution, and after that only by the execution office. Respite cannot be granted by other authorities. Further information on requests for respite on page Granting Respite for Payment
CAN I ACQUIRE FURTHER PARTICULARS OF AN OFFENCE?
Details on e.g. the nature of an offence are only given to the person fined or, in the case of a minor, to his/her guardian. The questioner must be able to give enough details in the matter for its identification.
WILL THERE BE FURTHER COSTS IN A MATTER IF IT ADVANCES TO EXECUTION?
An execution fee is not charged for a fine but for damages it is.
HOW DO I GET A REFUND FOR OVERPAYMENT?
Money paid in excess is returned without a separate request. The refund takes place after the data on a decision have been entered into the register of the Legal Register Centre. If there is no separate statement of an account number, the money is returned to the payer through the notice slip of a remittance sent by the OP Pohjola Bank.
WHY DID I RECEIVE A PAYMENT ORDER ALTHOUGH I PAID THE FINE WEEKS AGO?
A payment remains unregistered if the individualizing data are insufficient. On payment, always use the reference number on the transfer slip. Unclear payments have to be settled through the bank. If there is an error in the reference number and the payer may even be a different person from the one fined, the matter can only be solved through a customer call. Inquiries regarding payments, tel. +358 29 56 65662 (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
HOW LONG IS THE EXTRACT ON CRIMINAL BACKGROUND VALID?
The extract is valid for six months from the date of issue.
CAN I USE THE SAME EXTRACT ON CRIMINAL BACKGROUND FOR SEVERAL PLACES?
If a job seeker, within the six months' time of validity, has to present his/her register data for another employer than the extract was ordered for, he/she can use the previously ordered extract.
SHOULD THE EXTRACT ON CRIMINAL BACKGROUND BE ATTACHED TO THE JOB APPLICATION?
The extract is not to be attached to the application but only to be presented by the person selected for an office or duty.