Hampshire Police is the first force in England to use a new management system for SJP cases. Anyone in the county responding to an SJP charge, such as a traffic offence, will be able to enter their plea digitally.
Hampshire Police’s traffic offence details will upload directly on to the case management system, gradually increasing volumes. As soon as the defendant provides a guilty plea online, the system will prioritise their case. A plea may be dealt with immediately and defendants will no longer have to wait a minimum of 28 days for an outcome (for a fine, withdrawal or referral to open court), as is currently the case. Postal pleas will still be an option and will go to a centralised unit and uploaded to the case. All defendants can request an open hearing in court whether they enter a guilty plea or not guilty plea.