Minor traffic offences to be heard by new courts in England & Wales
The government has announced that by April 2014 there will be dedicated traffic courts in every police area throughout England and Wales. It is anticipated that specialist prosecutors will deal with up to 160 minor motoring offence cases every day.
Similar pilot schemes have been successfully run in 9 counties – including West Yorkshire where Road Law Barristers are based. The new courts will only have jurisdiction (be able to hear) in the 90% of cases where motorists admit their guilt. If the case is contested, it will be heard in the magistrates court in the usual way.