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Buachaill, Barrister
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Just found a court summons for speeding, in a disused post

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Just found a court summons for speeding, in a disused post box at my front door, with 'by hand' written on the envelope. The date for court is in three days time. The proper postbox is on the gate
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 3 years ago.

Buachaill :

1. At the outset, you may not like the answer that you will have to turn up to answer this summons, as you have notice of it. Essentially, the obligation on the GArdai is to send the Summons to the last known address of the person or the address given on their car registration or driver's licence. There is no obligation placed on the Gardai to ensure that you receive the Summons. What you do in relation to your own internal postboxes is purely your own personal organisation. A court will not listen to explanations about different postboxes. You are expected to arrange you own affairs so you receive all post coming to the address. So any idea that you will avoid prosecution on the basis of the different postboxes is not a runner in a District Court case for speeding, I regret to say.

JACUSTOMER-j2auprs7- : I receive all post in the correct post box, and I expect to receive my post. It is ridiculous to say that there is no obligation on the deliverer that I receive my post. The same rules should apply whether you're the postman or a policeman!
Buachaill :

2. I regret to say that this is not the law. YOu are entitled to your opinion, but the law is not in your favour on this point.