Scottish Law Questions? Ask a Scots Lawyer
Thank you for your question.
The original fine that you talk of was what is known as a fixed penalty. You are given a particular time to comply with this, otherwise the case is then dealt with by the court. That is what has happened to you. You should appreciate that the courts receive many cock and bull stories about delay in paying these fines and as such they simply treat all excuses as the same. They tend to ignore them, unless you attend at court in person and explain with proof the reason for the delay.
The only option now open to you is to appeal to the High Court about the disposal. If the fine was imposed more than 14 days ago you have missed the time limit and cannot appeal. If you are not eligible for legal aid it will cost you significantly more than the £90 increase in the fine to do this, at least 10 times that. In my opinion, whilst this may be sticking in your throat, you should simply pay the fine and put it down to experience, albeit a bad one.
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My situation is not one of the "many cock and bull stories". I have provided a photocopy of my recorded delivery receipt from Canada and as of yet have not been given the opportunity to attend the court in person and explain with proof.
I'm not willing to role over like everyone else but am also not willing to pay for legal representation.
Thanks for you efforts.