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12/10/2010
My brief win speeding case

Benjamin Childs won his case against The Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, said his lawyer. They sent a request to his mother, who was the registered keeper of the car, dated 20th October but was posted at the earliest on 21st October, they said. His legal team at My brief Solicitors said that the usual rule is they have to send to the registered keeper a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days of the offence being committed. Jeremy Betts said the notice to Mr Childs was sent just before the well publicised national postal strike.The legal team argued it would not have been received within the statutory 14 days and the Camera Partnership should have taken other steps to deliver, such as by hand or by courier. My brief wrote to the Partnership but it still pursued it to court. Further representations were made to the Crown Prosecution Service but once again they still failed to drop the case, said Mr Betts. He said: “The case was in court twice before Mr Childs was acquitted. This means it has resulted in thousands of pounds in wasted costs with the Partnership having to pay Mr Childs’ solicitors costs as well as the time spent wasting court time.” He added: “This highlights the Partnership’s inability to understand the law. It expects motorists to comply with certain time limits yet the Partnership seems to take the view that the same time limits do not apply to them. “The result of their intransigence has led to nearly a year of worry for my client and a huge amount of wasted costs to the tax payer at a time when we are all tightening our budgets.”

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