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Mistakes In Court

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Inevitably, mistakes in court happen just as they do in every day life.  Sometimes to rectify them you need to appeal the decision to another Court, but other times you simply need to apply back to the court explaining the mistake and asking that it be rectified.

Reasons To Apply To Rectify Mistakes

1. If you have been convicted in the Magistrates Court in your absence
2. If you have received a sentence in the Magistrates Court that is wrong in law or based on inaccurate information
3. If you have pleaded guilty or been convicted of an offence that is wrong in law or based on inaccurate information in the Magistrates Court

Time Limits

Although there are no official time limits, the Magistrates Court will expect you to notify them as soon as you are aware of the error and usually within 28 days. If you are applying outside of 28 days it would be advisable for you to explain why this application has not been made sooner to the Magistrates Court.

The Applications

The application can be made either in writing or in person at Magistrates Court.  We will complete all the necessary paperwork and gather all the necessary evidence to put forward to the Magistrates to persuade them that it is in “the interests if justice” to use their discretion to re-open the hearing to rectify the mistake.

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