A new digital service will allow people charged with minor motoring offences to make a plea online at a time and place of their choosing.
The service is the latest stage of on-going government work to modernise the courts and other public services. The new ‘Make a Plea’ service is being rolled out nationally England and Wales following a successful pilot in Greater Manchester.
Using the online service, people charged with summary motoring offences, like speeding, failing to identify the driver or using a vehicle without insurance, will be able to use the website to respond to charges against them.
The Ministry of Justice reports that some of the highest volume work that the police, prosecution and courts currently deal with is low level traffic offences. The latest statistics show that proceedings are being taken for half a million summary motoring offences annually.
These cases take up large amounts of court time despite, in many cases, the offender either pleading guilty by post or their case being proven in absence when they do not attend or contact the court.
The new digital system means defendants will be able to make their plea from any suitable device 24 hours a day through the secure website.
The service is offered as an alternative to a postal plea or attending court and has been developed with court users to meet their needs.
‘The ‘Make a Plea’ initiative saves time for both the authorities and also offenders and simplifies the process for defendants as well as making sure they receive maximum credit from the court for pleading guilty at the earliest possible point.