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I have received a postal requisition to appear before the

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I have received a postal requisition to appear before the magistrates court on a shoplifting charge. Will I need to attend court or will a written guilty plea to the court and prosecuter be sufficient for me not to attend

Were you arrested for this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I was not, Tesco called the police and I gave a statement there

Does the requisition give you the option to plead by post?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, only a discount if I enter an early guilty plea in writing to the prosecuter and the court - which I have done

Normally you can plead guilty by post on a summons rather than when on bail but not normally with an imprisonable offence.

They will need you to attend for sentence so they will need you to attend for plea in order that they can put you on bail.

You can always try to plead by post and you do not commit a bail act offence if you do not go but they will convict in absence and make you pay costs.

I'm very sorry but that is the reality.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But I was not arrested so I'm not on bail...confused?

Yes, so as I said they will need you to attend so they can put you on bail

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