Fare Evasion Prosecution
Going to Court - Frequently Asked Questions
MAYOR OF LONDON
Q. Why am I going to Court? Q. Where is the Court? Q. If I attend court will I have
access to free legal
A. Because it is alleged that A. The address of the Court is representation?
you have committed an on the summons. For details of
offence – details of the how to get there, call
alleged offence are on the Transport for London Travel A. It is unlikely that you will
summons. Information on 020 7222 1234 have access to free legal
or use the Journey Planner at representation known
Q. Do I have to attend the www.tfl.gov.uk popularly as legal-aid in cases
Court in person? of this nature, but you must
contact the court direct for
A. No – if you are pleading Q. Why have I not received a further information.
guilty, you only need to Penalty Fare Notice?
complete the form on the
reverse of the summons and A. Penalty fares are only issued Q. What happens if I wish to
return it to the Court, along in circumstances where the plead Not Guilty?
with the means form which passenger has been unable to
asks for your financial produce a ticket for the A. You should either sign the
incomings and out-goings. journey being made. If the appropriate box on the reverse
Inspector suspects that this is of the summons and send it to
Q. Where can I obtain advice as a result of a deliberate the Court, or attend Court as
about my case? attempt to avoid paying the directed and plead Not Guilty
fare, then the matter is likely in person. A further date will
A. You should seek the advice to be reported for prosecution then be arranged for a trial
of either a solicitor or the as opposed to dealing with it when the Inspector concerned
Citizens Advice Bureau. Details by way of a penalty fare. will also be present.
of these are available from
your local library or any
Magistrates’ Court. Q. Can I just pay the £100 Q. Will I be able to question or
costs that are on the summons challenge the Inspector in
Transport for London CANNOT and have the case withdrawn? Court?
give any advice with regard to
completing the forms or on A. No – you must respond to A. Yes. If you plead Not Guilty,
how you should proceed. the summons, either in writing you will have an opportunity
or in person. The £100 to put your own questions to
Q. What happens if I just costs on the Summons the Inspector regarding the
ignore the summons? represent a contribution to offence.
Transport for London’s costs
A. The Court may decide to and will normally be awarded
allow the matter to proceed in by the Court only if you are
your absence and you will have convicted.
no opportunity to put your
case across to the Judge.
Q. Will I get a Criminal Record? Q. If I did not attend Court Q. If convicted how do I pay
how would I learn of the any fine or costs?
A. Yes, if you are convicted of outcome?
the offence, you would have a A. You would need to contact
criminal record registered in A. The Court would normally the Court about payment
your name. write to inform you of the options.
outcome of the hearing. If
Q. If the Court convicts me in however you do not hear from
my absence, would I have a the Court within 2 weeks of
right of appeal? the hearing, you should
contact the Court directly.
A. Yes, but you need to
contact the Court as soon as
you receive the memorandum
Further information, including the Transport for London
Revenue Enforcement and Prosecution Policy, can be
obtained from www.tfl.gov.uk