From: Peter Silverman [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 12 May 2010 15:58
Subject: Complaint Against Wycombe & Beaconsfield Magistrates Court
On March 25th 2010 I handed over two copies of a “Complaint for a Litter Abatement Order” pursuant to S 91(6) of the Environmental Protection Act including several pages of supporting evidence to Ms Valerie Warner.
A copy of the front page is attached.
This was in accordance with the advice she had given me on 22nd March. The meeting had been arranged in advance by phone.
She took the documents from me together with my card which had my contacts details on it including my e-mail address.
She did not ask me for any fee. (I had my cheque book on me).
I understood that everything submitted was in order.
I subsequently became concerned when I heard nothing back and realised I had not been asked for any fees. I phoned the switchboard on 0870 2412812 and left a message for her to call me.
I later phoned the 01494 651013 number which I understood to be the direct line to the office of the legal advisers.
I spoke to a Mrs Walton on 8th April expressing my concerns and she said someone would ring me back in the following 2 days.
I later spoke to Ms Warner again (probably on the 12th April) . She was very helpful and said I should send in a cheque for £200 and told me that the hearing had been set for Monday 7th June.
I sent her the cheque with a covering letter dated 12th April.
I assumed I would receive some formal correspondence from the Court but nothing arrived. I checked my bank statement and the cheque had not been processed.
I therefore phoned again and eventually spoke to Mrs Walton on 27th April 2010. She said she would look into things for me but explained that Ms Warner was on holiday.
I have heard nothing further. No messages have been left on my phone. No written communication or documents have been received to date.
My bank account shows the £200 going out of my account on 7th May.
I have no idea what is going on. I have received no documentation or correspondence from the Court. I do not know if the Defendant has been served with my complaint.
I consider this to be unacceptable.
I would like to know what actions a Magistrates’ Court should take in dealing with a “Complaint for a Litter Abatement Order” pursuant to S 91(6) of the Environmental Protection Act. I am not asking for legal advice but for the procedures that a properly run Court should adopt. This will help others who may take similar action in the future.
I look forward to hearing from you
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