What is a Postal Requisition?
A postal requisition is the new name for a Magistrates' Court summons. It tells you when you need to attend Court for a criminal charge. It can cover serious criminal charges or routine traffic matters.
As the Police look to save money, a number of cases are dealt with outside of the formal arrest/charge procedure. If a voluntary Police interview is conducted an individual is usually told they will be reported for a charging decision. This means that the Police/Prosecution will decide whether to charge someone with a criminal offence.
If an individual is arrested and bailed (without conditions) to return to the Police Station, they may also be told that a postal requisition is being considered.
If a decision is made to charge the postal requisition process is used if the following criteria are met:
- the alleged offender is over 18 years of age
- the alleged offender was assessed as being able to read and write during the initial arrest/interview stage
- the alleged offender must have committed a summary or either way offence
- there are no requirements for bail conditions to be imposed
- the alleged offender is not considered to be a Prolific Priority Offender
- the alleged offender does not require the services of an interpreter
- the alleged offender has provided a suitable address for service of a Postal Requisition
If a postal requisition is sent it will tell the alleged offender that they are required to attend at the Magistrates' Court. It is essential that you contact a Solicitor for legal advice. Legal Aid is available for postal requisition cases and you should check your entitlement immediately.
A postal requisition is a criminal charge, it means the Police suspect you of having committed a criminal offence. You need a specialist crime Solicitor.
Contact Lawtons Criminal Solicitors, we can advice you on the procedure for any case involving a postal requisition.
Written by Stephen Halloran