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Answering a Court Summons

A postal requisition replaces the old court summons process. It is a legal document notifying you that a decision has been made to prosecute your offence(s) at court.

If you are charged with an offence and are to be prosecuted in court, you may receive postal requisition (MG4E). There are several steps you should take when you receive a postal requisition.

In addition to the postal requisition (MG4E) you should also receive evidence outlining the offence either in the form of statements or a statement of facts and an MC100 means form. 

The process

If you have received a postal requisition you may not need to attend court. Please read all the information carefully and follow the instructions.  If there is a court date and you do not attend, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest and you may be held in custody until appearing in front of the next available court.

Pleading guilty

  • Complete the section on the requisition indicating your plea of guilty and sign the form.
  • Complete the “Mitigating Circumstances” with any information you feel might assist your case.
  • Complete the enclosed MC100 means form giving details of your financial circumstances.  This is important when the court is considering sentence.
  • Return all documents to the court hearing your case. 

Please note: You will be informed by post of the result of the case.

Pleading not guilty

  • Complete the section on the requisition indicating your plea of not guilty and sign the form.
  • If you are going to be represented by a solicitor please give details at the appropriate part of the form. 
  • Give details of witnesses you will be bringing with you for the trial date.
  • Give details of any dates you (or your witnesses) would like the court to avoid when listing.
  • Within the “Mitigating Circumstances” section.  Please give the reasons for your not guilty plea.
  • Return all documents to the court hearing your case. 

Please note: The court will tell you in writing of a fresh date for a trial hearing when you must attend with your witnesses and any documents you wish the court to see.

General advice

When you receive a postal requisition, don't wait for the hearing date. If you require advice you should contact a solicitor. To find a solicitor visit the Law Society website.

If you cannot afford a solicitor you may get free advice about your plea, or how to apply to the court for a representation order so you can have a solicitor at the hearing.