Speeding Ticket Disclosure
Disclosure is the prosecution “disclosing” the evidence that is going to be presented to the court.
The Police Officer’s Notes
The speeding ticket disclosure is the police officers notes about how they caught the driver speeding.
The police officers notes will have the evidence the officer will be presenting into the judge.
The prosecution is required to reasonably provide full and complete disclosure to a defendant prior to the trial. As well the defendant is required to make a reasonable and timely request prior to the trial date.
The defendant cannot come to court on the trial date stating that they have not received the disclosure and expect the Justice to dismiss the charge because the prosecution has not provided information to the defendant.
It is the defendants responsibility to request disclosure.
Requests for disclosure should have;
- The name of the defendant
- Date of the offence.
- Full ticket number
- Officer name and badge number
When applying for the police disclosure the defendant should request;
- A full and legible copy of the officers notes.
- A description of the radar that was used by the officer.
- Manual of the radar used.
Knowing what is relevant to your speeding trial is for the driver to decide, and drivers many want to retain the services of a qualified paralegal in reviewing the case.
Be aware that once the driver puts in a request for the officers notes that this sends a notice to the officer that the driver/defendant is fighting the ticket (a warning to the officer) to which this gives the officer an opportunity to review their case to ensure that everything has been done properly and that their notes are complete.
Police Codes used in Disclosure
L1 – lane one
L2 – lane two
W/B – Westbound, E/B – Eastbound, N/B – Northbound, S/B – Southbound
Checked – sometimes a check mark maybe used, officer checked the radar and found it to be working properly
Q – Qualified, the officer is reminding themselves that at court they have to say they are qualified to operate the device.
Dr1 – Driver one
Color – the officer many put the color of the vehicle in
Times – two times maybe listed as the officer is required to check the radar before and after setup.