Receiving a Postal Requisition, or “Court summons” as they were previously called, to appear in court for a driving offence can be very unsettling, especially if this is the first time you have been requested to appear in court.
Therefore, it is very important that you understand what a Postal Requisition is, your next steps and what you are required to do by law.
What is a Postal Requisition or Court Summons?
A Postal requisition is the new name for a Court summons. Whether you receive a Court summons for speeding or a postal requisition for speeding, the effect is the same.
Now, and for the majority of road traffic offence cases, you will receive a Postal Requisition asking you to attend Court.
Not all Courts have managed to make the transition to the new procedure, so the historic phrase of receiving a summons to appear in court is likely to remain in common usage. A court summons is simply an order from the court requesting that you attend.
Postal Requisition time limits
For Summary offences i.e those that can only be dealt with at the Magistrates Court, the Police must ask the court to issue a summons within a prescribed period of time. If they do not do so, a prosecution may be time barred.
Traffic Courts – The Process
The court summons will ask you to provide an indication of your intended plea.
If you intend to plead guilty via the post and are asking the court to deal with your case in absence you may wish to include a letter of mitigation. The letter of mitigation will explain the circumstances surrounding the offence and is aimed at achieving a more lenient result. This is a service that Lawtons are able to assist with this.
You will receive a letter from the court confirming the decision of the court. If you are requested to attend a further hearing it is likely that the court with be considering disqualification and it is vital you seek legal advice from traffic offence solicitors.
It is also possible to plead guilty and attend court in person. You may represent yourself or instruct a Legal Professional to act on your behalf.
Why is Legal Representation important?
Should you choose to instruct Lawtons Motoring Lawyers, you will be assisted by one of our highly experienced traffic court lawyers who will guide you through proceedings, using their knowledge and experience to achieve the most favourable outcome. We are here to help so contact us now. We are criminal defence experts located in London & the Home Counties.