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Hello Clare my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
Do they accept the machine was out of use?
Have you complained to their professional body?
Is this a county court claim or just letter before action?
Ok. You file a defence saying what has happened.
It would then be for them to show that the machine was working. But file a defence saying it didn't work and no other machine.
Given what you have said this defence is likely to succeed.
Can I clairfy anything for you about this today please?
No. you are the defendant you don't have to prove anything.
Yes you can admit the £3 and specify reasons why.
Does that clairfy?
yes, but they have to prove it was working which is why you didn't get a ticket. But you couldn't pay because the machine was not working.
If you went ahead and lost the only additional cost would be the hearing fee.
Depends on value. See fee scale here
yes it's £25. You would have to pay the full amount plus the hearing fee of £25
I would send in a partial admission of £3 and why.
Can I clairfy anything for you?
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