Secret courts are hitting people with Covid fines without telling them

How long do you think it’ll take before some know-all writes in to say they don’t bang a gavel in UK courts?

If ordinary people are being fined thousands of pounds for not wearing face masks – without even being told they’re being prosecuted – why are those involved in lockdown-busting Downing Street parties being fined only £50?

Here’s the – usually rabid Tory – Mail:

In the week that the Metropolitan Police issued 20 penalty notices to those who attended lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street and Whitehall, the Mail has discovered that ordinary members of the public are being fined huge sums for failing to pay such penalties, whether deliberately or unwittingly.

The fines are handed out at closed-door hearings on the say-so of a single magistrate — and hundreds of people are receiving them each week.

What is more, they are often not told about the court hearings, making it impossible for them to tell their side of the story or fight the fine.

London magistrates alone have issued more than £1 million in fines for failing to pay Covid fixed-penalty notices, issued for ignoring lockdowns, hosting or attending parties and not wearing masks.

So people are being convicted of breaking Covid-19 rules without having the chance to defend themselves.

Do they receive notice of the fine? Even if they do, it seems they have no chance to contest it before being hit with the penalty notice for failing to pay!

Meanwhile, people who definitely took part in the lockdown-busting Downing Street parties are being issued with fines amounting to just a quarter of what the rest of us are being told to pay.

Not only that, but they definitely knew they were being investigated and definitely received the fixed penalty notices, so even through they are being fined, they are receiving preferential treatment.

This is not justice. This is victimisation.

Source: Secret courts hitting people with Covid fines without them realising

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