The applicant was an elderly illiterate lady. The magistrates had found that she had culpably neglected to pay her community charge. A suspended sentence of imprisonment was first imposed, and then effected in her absence. Held the Magistrates were under an obligation to enquire as to the adequacy of the service by recorded delivery. Costs were ordered against the magistrates despite their having only filed affidavit evidence.
Mr Justice Laws
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England and Wales
Cited – Regina v Erewash Borough Council and Ilkestone Justices ex parte Smedberg and Smedberg 1994
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Local Government, Taxes – Other, Magistrates, Costs
Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.137511