A note to carry at all times.
With the insatiable desire of the state to impose On the Spot fines I have produced a little note to carry in my wallet - a copy is in the extended section - thanks to the usual suspects for the text an remember I'm not a lawyer so don't blame me if it all goes wrong and you wake up with a sore head and facing fifteen years.
Drunken revellers caught misbehaving face on-the-spot fines during a festive crackdown on binge drinking in 180 town and city centres.
Police in England and Wales will be handing out £80 fines to people caught fighting, urinating or being sick in the street, the government has warned.
Response to request for an "On the Spot "fine
You are asking me to pay '................' for an alleged offence.
I do believe that Your Authority .................... is attempting to extort money from me in an unlawful manner. I refer you to the Bill of Rights 1689, enacted and formally entered into Statute following the Declaration of Rights 1689. I draw your attention to this section:
"That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void."
This clearly states that a conviction is necessary before a fine can be imposed. Therefore, you have no authority to demand money for an alleged offence unless it is dealt with by a Court of Law and your actions are unlawful.
I would be grateful if you could also clarify the nature of the alleged offence committed by myself and provide a copy of the section of the relevant statute and whether it makes any reference whatsoever to expressly repealing the Bill of Rights 1689.
As stated in the 'Metric Martyrs' Judgment in the Supreme Court of Judicature, Queen's Bench Division (18th February 2002) by Lord Justice Laws and Justice Crane :
62 "We should recognise a hierarchy of Acts of Parliament: as it were 'ordinary' statutes and 'constitutional' statutes. The special status of constitutional statutes follows the special status of constitutional rights. Examples are Magna Carta, Bill of Rights 1689, The Act of Union, the Reform Acts etc."
63. "Ordinary statutes may be impliedly repealed. Constitutional statutes may not..."
As you are no doubt aware, Sunderland City Council went to quite considerable lengths to achieve the Metric Martyrs Judgment and the precedent set by Lord Justice Laws is clear and unambiguous. In highlighting this You and Your Authority can now have no excuse for ignorance in this matter.
I would be grateful if you could confirm that the ultimate legal responsibility not only lies with the Chief Executive of your Authority, but also with all the elected members of Relevant Overseeing Board and I would be grateful if you could confirm that you will advise the relevant officers that they are breaking the law by attempting to claim powers forbidden to them.
Therefore, please accept this note as formal notice that I require any allegations against me to be specified and referred for trial in a proper and orderly manner, should you wish to proceed against me for the alleged offence.