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A brief summary of your legal rights is outlined on the reverse of the infringement notice. Read it carefully together with the following information to find out if you would benefit from appealing.
Nelson City Council seeks to be fair in relation to infringement offences and will consider matters that you raise with us about the circumstances in which the infringement notice was issued. In some cases, the council may choose not to pursue the infringement any further.
Note: supporting documentation is required for all reasons above.
Please always remember to include your full name, date of birth and residential address when writing to council about parking infringements.
If you've written to us to request a review, and the outcome is that Nelson City hasn't accepted your written explanation, the following options are available to you:
If you have additional supporting evidence, include it with your request for a submission hearing.
You may forward additional information to the District Court once the matter has been set down if you prefer.
Justices of the peace will consider your submission in chambers and you will be notified of their decision by mail.
Only the person in possession of the vehicle may request a written submission.
If you have any witnesses that you want to appear on your behalf, please make sure they are at court on the defended hearing day.
Please note: Only the person responsible for the infringement can enter a plea.
Hearing requests for both options must be sent to Nelson City Council by the due date.
At the defended hearing, Justices of the peace will consider what you and Nelson City's prosecutor and witness (usually the parking officer who issued the infringement notice) have to say before making a decision. If you have a witness or witnesses that you want to appear on your behalf please make sure they are at court on the day.
If you request this option you will be served with a notice of hearing, giving full details of when you are required to appear in court.
If you plead guilty or are found guilty of the offence, the court may order you to pay the fine and any other costs ordered by the court.
If you choose either of these options, complete the form. (226KB PDF)