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I am due to attend court

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I am due to attend court for a motoring offence (speeding points at limit)
But the date issued is when I am abroad
Can I approach the court and ask for the date of hearing to be changed ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
is there any reason you need to attend?
Can you plead by post?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi Jo
I have received a summons today as I have now 12 points on my license and the court is considering disqualification - but the date they have given is 29 July and I am out of the country ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I see.
You do need to attend for that then.
You can ask the court to reschedule it. They are often very unhelpful it must be said. They will generally move a hearing though if they have sight of evidence of a prebooked holiday.
If they will not deal with it administratively though then you will need to attend to make an application.
If you intent instructing a solicitor to deal with the hearing for you then they could negotiate with the court for you but it would be at cost.
If not, then you will have to call them yourself.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I will call them on Monday - I can show prebooked trip evidence- one more question - Would you advise in this instance retaining the services of a solicitor for the hearing when it does take place ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
I would never advise a solicitor. This is perfect for a barrister under public access and it will be much cheaper for you.
Are you arguing exceptional hardship?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I very much need my license for my job and i have a young family - I was caught by the same camera on a road I was unfamiliar with in close succession - 33 in a 30 and 35 in a 30
I dont really understand exceptional hardship but I think I will need help with this as it could be devastating - I very much drive carefully and never want to be in this situation again - how do I instruct a barrister ?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Then you are arguing exceptional hardship.
Where are you roughly in the UK?
Which court is this before?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I live in Solihull and work in Leicester and all over the UK and US but HQ in Leicester
It is before Leicester magistrates court
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
There are chambers in Leicester but I don't know if anybody does public access work.
You can always instruct London chambers and they will travel but they will charge. You can try here
www.churchcourtchambers.co.uk
I know that these barristers are public access
http://www.churchcourtchambers.co.uk/index.php/members/colin-witcher-2010
http://www.churchcourtchambers.co.uk/index.php/members/jo-morris-2003
Or here
http://www.newwalkchambers.co.uk/
Jo C. and other Traffic Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you very much Jo
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
No problem and all the best.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
ok will do
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Good luck with this.