Local Enforcement no longer falls under the responsibility of Local Councils or Regional Committees. A central agency, LESA, has been set up to take care of local enforcement. As a result Local Councils or Regional Committees cannot deal with related complaints directly but will have to be referred to LESA.
Tickets issued by local wardens may be paid on the same day that they are issued because these are captured electronically and data is transmitted in “real-time”. However, since police tickets and tickets originating from Transport Malta enforcement officers are still issued manually they require a longer period to be processed. This depends on various factors which are not all within LESA’s control. In the worst case scenario these tickets may take up to forty-five days to be entered into the system and thus become available for payment.
Tickets issued by Education Welfare officers may only be paid after the Local Tribunal has delivered judgement. Due to the nature of these offences, the person is requested to appear before the Local Tribunal so that the Commissioner for Justice may speak to the person and educate him on the importance of the child in his care to attend school regularly.
The 7-day payment period on the back of the police ticket and on the local warden tickets refers to the initiation of tribunal proceedings and therefore you will not incur any further fines or penalties even though this 7-day period has elapsed as long as you pay the ticket before the tribunal date.
Payment of fines and contestations
Payment of fines may be effected at any Local Council or may be paid online through the LES website at https://les.gov.mt/Contravention
Contestations are possible either by the person attending the scheduled tribunal sitting or else one may lodge a petition at https://les.gov.mt/Petition .