The courts have been successfully trialled in Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Met Police, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and West Yorkshire. “Effective first hearings have significantly reduced the amount of adjournments and a single court can deal with up to 160 cases a day,” said ACPO lead for criminal justice, Chief Constable Chris Eyre.
On average, motoring cases can take almost six months from offence to completion, even though over 90% of cases result in a guilty plea or are proved in absence. The new procedures, the Minister said, will only be implemented when there is a guilty plea or where the case is not contested. The Government is now in talks with the judiciary about how the courts will be introduced across the country.