Fines Enforcement notices were recently issued with a wrong notice date printed on them.
The court date included was correct.
So as not to impact on Court hearings and the legal process the Courts Service, took immediate action, the first step being to identify the actual issue and the extent of same.
We also notified relevant members of the judiciary of the issues. We also contacted every court office with instructions in relation to the matter. We met with PrintPost immediately to ensure new notices were tested before re-issue.
Approximately 14,000 fines notices were impacted. Of those almost 6,000 notices do not need to be rescheduled and keep their original court date. A letter and an amended notice has issued with the original court date.
For those whose cases required rescheduling to ensure all necessary time-lines are complied with, a letter has gone out cancelling their court date and notifying them that a new fines notice and court date will issue in due course.
Having taken this immediate remedial action, the Courts Service is not aware of any court orders made that would adversely affect respondents who received the incorrectly dated fines enforcement notices.