This article describes what you have to do if you have received a summons to appear at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court. A summons from the magistrates’ court is also known as a postal requisition. You may also hear Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court being referred to as South West London Magistrates’ Court. South West London Magistrates’ Court includes both Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court and Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
Have you received a postal requisition to attend Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court? If so, you are legally required to attend at the date and time stated. It is very important that you attend on this date.
The first step is to read the requisition carefully. It will state what crime you are alleged to have committed (for example, ‘Criminal Damage pursuant to Section 1(1) Criminal Damage Act 1971’). However, it will not give details of the offence or the evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) intends to bring in the case.
In order to find out more about the alleged offence, and your options for defending the case, it is a good idea to instruct a criminal defence solicitor. A criminal defence solicitor will help you obtain information regarding the case and will represent you at your court date. You can choose to represent yourself, but instructing a legal representative is likely to lead to a better outcome, not least as an experienced solicitor will be able to help you navigate the system.
If you are looking for a solicitor to represent you at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court, contact Stuart Miller Solicitors today.
Our team of experienced criminal defence solicitors are ready to help you. We take on a wide range of criminal defence cases from minor summary only cases to trials for serious offences that span weeks at the Crown Court. All cases begin with a first appearance at the magistrates’ court.
Telephone us today and we will assign a solicitor to represent you at your hearing date at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.
Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court is located at 176a Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 1JU.
You can get to Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court by travelling to Clapham Junction station, and walking from there.
There is not much free parking located in the area of Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court. You can park at the nearby Asda for up to 2 hours, if you also buy something from the shop. There are various options for paid parking on nearby streets, which cost £2.90 and are a 2 hour maximum stay. It is difficult to predict how long you will need to stay at court, so you may find that it is a better option to take public transport.
The court’s standard opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. The court counter is open from 9:15am to 11am and 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
The general email address for Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court is [email protected].
For correspondence regarding payments, email [email protected].
There are several different telephone numbers for Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court depending on the nature of your enquiry:
For enquiries, call: 0300 303 0645
For queries regarding fines, call: 0300 123 9252
In order to pay a fine, call: 0300 790 9901
For information regarding legal aid, call: 01708 794 299
To contact the witness service, call: 0300 332 1388
You can also fax the court on 0870 324 0299.
Arriving for your court date can be a nerve wracking experience. Leave plenty of time for your journey. You may be waiting for some time at court, so try and eat something before you get there, if you can. Your solicitor will most probably organise a time and a place to meet you at court. If you have not already made an arrangement, when you pass through security, you can ask the security guards to point you in the right direction. You will probably meet with your solicitor for a consultation so that they can confirm your instructions, prior to going into the courtroom.