Exceptional Hardship in Chesterfield Magistrates Court
Mulia Walters was delighted today when the Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court District Judge found Exceptional Hardship had been proved.
For Mulia, this meant that she avoided the automatic 6 month disqualification which would normally occur as a result of the ‘totting up’ of penalty points to (or beyond) the threshold of 12.
As Mulia works as a HGV driver, delivering concrete products across the country, she knew it was vitally important she try to avoid disqualification as this would mean the loss of her job. She explained to her case worker at Forrest Williams that dismissal from her driving job would impact on her family, as she was the only breadwinner in her household and she had a partner and 3 young children to support.
In addition, Mulia explained to us that her partner did not hold a driving licence. This proved to be important for the preparation of her case, as 2 of her children have health problems which necessitate regular visits to both the GP surgery and hospital, which are some distance from where she lives.
As Mulia lives in a rural area, arranging alternative methods of transportation would have proved very difficult if she had been disqualified.
Mulia’s case worker worked very closely with her, fully preparing a detailed Exceptional Hardship application over a period of several weeks. Regular reviews of her case took place, which she said she found very reassuring. Her case worker ensured that she was given ‘to do’ lists of preparation, to help organise her efforts as the hearing date approached.
On the day of the hearing, Mulia’s employer drove her to court and came into the court room with her, for moral support. That she was held in high regard by the company was evident – her employer had put down the money for her legal fees, even though she had only been in this employment for the last 12 months.
So an excellent outcome, both for Mulia and Forrest Williams. Which just goes to show that, when instructing our company, nothing is left to chance. Full and detailed preparation is vitally important as the outcome of an Exceptional Hardship can never be guaranteed – it is always in the hands of the court. There are no shortcuts to success.
If you are at risk of a totting up ban, call our expert team now on 01623 397200 for a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your case.
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