How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Jo C. Your Own Question
Jo C.
Jo C., Barrister
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 71031
Experience:  Over 5 years in practice
Type Your Law Question Here...
Jo C. is online now

I was issued a parking penalty by a local borough council.

This answer was rated:

I was issued a parking penalty by a local borough council. The basis of the penalty notice is that I was parked in the same place for over the stipulated period. I appealed against the penalty notice on the grounds that my car was parked in the spot at the two times stated in the penalty notice but during the intervening period I had driven to a restaurant. The restaurant can testify to the fact that I was present on the evening in question and my two grandchildren and my daughter can support my statement.
The letter turning down my appeal is tantamount to calling me a liar.
I shall continue to argue against the penalty notice, but do I have a case against the council for defamation?
On what specific basis?In what way did they call you a liar?To whom?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
In a letter to me: their letter states that the 'vehicle had not moved' - in spite of the fact that I had explained the events of the evening and cited the witnesses
That is not defamation I'm afraid.They have not said anything untrue or misleading about you sufficient to damage your reputation. The comments were made to you directly which does not cause damage to your reputation.
In any event, they are entitled to dispute what you have said. That does not amount to an assertion that you are a liar by nature of your character.Sorry if that is bad news.Can I clarify anything for you?Jo
Jo C. and other Law Specialists are ready to help you