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My question relates to abuse of legal process in a traffic

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My question relates to abuse of legal process in a traffic offence case in magistrates court.
Police are relying on failour to complete a written questionnaire in a prescribed timescale. Individual does not read and write, diagnosis of dyslexia and functional non reader. Questionnaire was completed but out of timescale as no alternative format document to comply with disability need available.
Is this a viable defense
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

is he charged with failing to notify?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Why didn't he notify?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did but outside timescales as could not read forms and write answers
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Ok but why didn't he get somebody to read it to him within the time scale?

In fairness, if it is 28 days and he knew he had received a letter? Why was it ignored?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Required answer was 7 days and no one available to ask to read forms
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

I'm really sorry but he should be pleading guilty.

The S172 notice is standard and it is a 28 day period.

Even if it were 7 days though that is quite long enough to find somebody who can read a form. Most people in the UK can read. In any event though, there is no defence to S172 to say that you cannot read.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

This isn't an issue of disability and therefore the Equal Opps legislation does not apply. This is not to do with dyslexia. People with dyslexia read. They make spell phenotically. They can read.

This is an issue of not being able to read which is not a disability.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

In any event, there is no defence on either basis.

I'm very sorry but I can only give you truthful information.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I understand your position but this one is defined as a non reader and eligible to disability benefits.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

It may be.

It does not give rise to a defence to S172.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thanks
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No problem.

All the best.