What to do if you've received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or a Community Speed Watch letter. 

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Request a court hearing

To request a court hearing you'll first need to tell us whether you were or were not the driver at the time of the offence.

If you were the driver

Complete and sign Section A on the back of the NIP and send this back to us with a covering letter stating that you want the matter to go to court.

Send the documents to us at:

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
PO Box 2117
Stafford
ST16 9ZR

If you were not the driver but cannot remember, or do not know who was driving at the time of the offence

Complete and sign section B on the back of the NIP and return this to us with a written explanation as to why you cannot remember who had access to your vehicle at the time of the offence. 

If you weren't the registered keeper of the vehicle at the time of the offence then you need to tell us in writing when you took possession of the vehicle and from whom, or who you sold it on to and also complete Sections B & C on the back of the NIP.

If you want the matter to go to court, then please state this in your covering letter and return to:

Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership
PO Box 2117
Stafford
ST16 9ZR

Once your request is received, it'll be processed and you'll receive a letter confirming the hearing date at court with a form to complete.

In the form you'll be able to write down any information or evidence that you would like the Magistrates to consider when reaching their decision.

You're not required to attend the hearing, unless you want to, but in some cases the Magistrates might insist that you are there. 

Please note: If you're found guilty of the offence, you'll have to pay a fine and may also have to pay court costs and prosecution costs in accordance with the Magistrates Court Act 1980. The total cost could be a lot higher than the fixed penalty notice.