Appeals and Special Proceedings
When an individual gets a speeding ticket or other type of civil traffic or non-traffic infraction, the person can choose to pay the ticket, mitigate the ticket, or fight (contest) the ticket. At this stage where a ticket is issued at the roadside or later by postal mail, the driver has the above options. The way to try to keep a ticket off the record is by contesting (fighting) the ticket. Contested hearings occur in district and municipal courts.
But what happens if a driver loses at the contested hearing stage? What happens if something really unusual happens, such as the driver is having trouble even getting a hearing? What are the remedies?
The remedy for a person who has had a contested hearing and has lost the hearing is an appeal. A person whose ticket is found “committed” has a right to appeal to the Superior Court. Similarly, a person found guilty of a criminal offense in a district or municipal court also has the right to appeal to the Superior Court.
If you have already had a hearing or you are an attorney that has already represented a person in a hearing and you are looking for what to do next, the Appeals section might be for you.
If you are presently in a proceeding or you are an attorney in the midst of a proceeding where something strange or unusual has occurred, see the Special Proceedings section.