In the Media

Magistrates' courts face shake-up

PUBLISHED November 8, 2005

Thousands of people could be sentenced in their absence if proposals by the Lord Chancellor to alter the way magistrates' courts work are adopted.

Minor motoring, TV licence and council tax offences could all be dealt with by mail rather than in the courts.
It means that millions of offences could be removed from the court system and fines imposed by letter.