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Old 30-01-2008, 22:33   #1
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Question Time limit on speeding prosecution?

Can anyone tell me if there is a time limit between issue of a notice of intended prosecution and the issue of a summons to appear in court?

I received the NIP within the requisite fourteen days - existing 9 points mean court appearance but have still not received summons 6 months later....
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:44   #2
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

Im think there probabbly is but you will be looking at years not months
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:58   #3
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

In Scotland it is 180 days but this can be increased in some cases. Not sure about England/Wales/N. Ireland.
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

It always used to be six months from the issue of the NIP. Unless it's changed, if six months have elapsed you're ok.

Even then, if they wait almost six months before issuing it, you can argue "abuse of process", they cannot just sit on it, they have to issue it "expediently" and if they don't they have to justify it.
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

I had in my mind it was six months too. Not 100% sure, but I'm sure I've heard it before somewhere.
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

Yeah it is six months. I had a court appearance over a speeding fine. It took the police about 6 months to find me. When it went to court they where 1 week over the limit. It got dropped. They paid all the court costs mine as well

The Magistrate tried to impose the fine ect. But my solictor told him that the law is law and his job is to go by the rules and enforce it.
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Yeah it is six months. I had a court appearance over a speeding fine. It took the police about 6 months to find me. When it went to court they where 1 week over the limit. It got dropped. They paid all the court costs mine as well

The Magistrate tried to impose the fine ect. But my solictor told him that the law is law and his job is to go by the rules and enforce it.
When i went to court just under a year after the offence, they not only gave me the points, they slapped on £140 court costs making a total of £200.

But i didnt have a solicitor with me... Lesson learnt!
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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

It also depends on the reason it's taken so long to come to court.
If the prosecution can prove they've taken reasonable steps to find you within the timescales they can proceed with the case.
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It also depends on the reason it's taken so long to come to court.
If the prosecution can prove they've taken reasonable steps to find you within the timescales they can proceed with the case.
They know where to find me - not in my best interest maybe but papers were returned 6 months ago

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Re: Time limit on speeding prosecution?

as far as i know, 6mths to a year (neighbour was about 8mths)
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