Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

The spread of specialist traffic courts

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The Government’s ambition to have a specialized traffic court operating in all 42 police areas of England and Wales by April 2014 seems to be more or less on track. A Press Release issued just before Christmas 2013 records that 29 areas now have such courts, able to deal with over 100 cases a motoring offences a day.

These include:

  • Driving licence related offences
  • Lighting offences
  • Load offences
  • Miscellaneous motoring offences (including trailer offences)
  • Motorway offences (other than speeding)
  • Neglect of pedestrian rights
  • Neglect of traffic directions
  • Noise offences
  • Obstruction, waiting and parking offences
  • Offences particular to motorcycles
  • Speed limit offences
  • Vehicle insurance offences
  • Vehicle test offences
  • Vehicles or parts in dangerous or defective condition

This has had the effect of reducing the time taken for such offences to be dealt with and also freed up time in other magistrates’ courts to deal with other offences.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/traffic-courts-up-and-running-in-twenty-nine-areas

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Written by lwtmp

December 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Posted in Chapter 5

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