July 3, 2013

Dedicated Traffic Courts

The government is to set up dedicated traffic courts in England and Wales to free up magistrates courts.

The traffic courts will prosecute some of the 500,000 minor motoring offences that pass through the courts each year. Every police area is expected to have one of the courts by April 2014, hearing up to 160 cases a day.

Jurisdiction will be limited to the 90% of cases where motorist admit guilt-drivers who plead not guilty will still be dealt with by magistrates as before.

Emily Smith of Britannia Driving School said: “The justice system must respond more quickly to the needs of victims and local communities, and these specialised courts seem to be the answer.”

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