Speeding Trial Paisley JP Court Found Not Guilty

Kept Licence
Paisley Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Our client was accused of travelling at 79mph on the Erskine Bridge in his Porsche contrary to sections 14 and 16 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. 

It's a fairly quick speed to be (allegedly) travelling at and as such he wanted to try to defend the charge. 

We were instructed in this case in April 2018 and the case called for Trial at Paisley Justice of the Peace Court on 21st August 2018. From our perspective we had identified a potential technical line of defence and were confident of securing an acquittal. So confident were we that we approached the Procurator Fiscal Depute on the morning of the Trial and advised of the evidential short-comings in the case with the hope that he would simply discontinue the case. Unfortunately, the Depute was fairly new to his role and not too au fait with the intricacies of road traffic legislation. 

The case proceeded to Trial and at the conclusion of the Crown case we made a submission to the Court that there was no case to answer. The Court upheld our submission and acquitted our client of the charge (for the exact reason that we had told the Procurator Fiscal Depute that the case was incapable of proof).

This case was successfully argued by our Mr Simpson on 21st August 2018 at Paisley Justice of the Peace Court.

 Kept Licence!


Published: 21/08/2018

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