How the decision is made
Once you've submitted your Notice of Appeal, the council will be told about your appeal. If the council:
- accepts your appeal - you don't need to pay the ticket and any organised hearings will be cancelled
- doesn't accept your appeal - an independent adjudicator (a lawyer) will decide your case
You can choose to have a postal decision or a personal hearing.
Adjucators can't consider whether the incident happened for a 'good reason' or why it happened. They can only consider the legal grounds of appeal and nothing else.
If you choose a postal decision, you'll be told when the case will be given to the adjudicator to decide.
If you wish to put in more evidence, it must be received well before the date you're given.
After that date, you'll get a written decision sent to you or you'll be asked for further evidence.
You'll tell the adjudicator about your case in person if you choose a personal hearing.
Personal hearings last around 30 minutes. Usually they're held in the area where the incident took place. You can ask the tribunal whether your hearing can take place closer to where you live.
If you want someone to attend the hearing in your place you must:
- let the tribunal know in advance
- give the person a written letter that says you want them to attend for you and has your signature on it
You'll be given 28 days' notice of the date and venue.
Contact the tribunal in advance to ask:
- for a different date or venue
- for special access requirements
- to switch to a postal hearing
Someone from the council that gave you the ticket is allowed to attend the hearing. You'll be told before the hearing if someone will attend.