I can almost guess the answer to this one, but ...
Back in January, I got caught by a speeding camera (mea culpa, daughter was late for a rehearsal ...). I acknowledged the first letter, and then received a letter saying 3 pts and £60 fine if plead guilty by letter. I noted somewhere on the original letter that there might have been an option to take a driver awareness course instead and thought I ought to find out why I'd got the fine instead. Now, you'd have thought that I'd learned after several decades that this kind of thing is a bad move, because if I can't resolve things *Immediately* they will get displaced onto my mental back-burner by something else and, regrettably, the gas isn't connected to my back-burner ...
A couple of months ago, I received a court summons for the offence along with notification that the 'Safety Team' would be applying for £85 costs. I, somewhat to my surprise, got on the phone straight away and got through to the appropriate desk asking what this was about; I'd forgotten about it, of course, but they duly refreshed my memory and I vaguely remembered it. They also said that I should have received a reminder about a month later, which I have no recollection of whatsoever. However, I probably had less ability than normal to attend to such things as: a) my mother had been taken terminally ill and I was dealing with that, b) I'd been put on sick leave by the company on an unrelated matter (spinal problems). I explained the situation and was told that I should put the information down on the court papers, which I duly did and then ... got distracted and forgot about them, even though they were in the envelope and all I needed to do was post the ruddy thing!
Inevitably, and unsurprisingly, the magistrate was not best pleased at having heard nothing from me and, in absentia, gave me 4 pts, a £400 pound fine, £85 costs and a few other deductions. The magistrate's displeasure is as nothing to my wife's, as she is inevitably, and unsurprisingly, not best pleased at this sort of thing happening again. Hey, ho. <sigh>
Now, I normally just grin and bear it, mainly because I know I'll never get round to doing anything about it and also because I've learned that most people just don't understand why head-injury forgetfulness is any different to normal forgetfulness. However, in this particular instance, I kind of feel that as the original punishment was a £60 fine, I am in effect receiving a further punishment (and a substantial one) for having a head injury.
As I said, I can guess what the answer is, but I wonder if there any basis in law (eg, equity) for appealing against the additional fine and costs on the basis of my prospective and other memory/attentional deficits, plus other concurrent events, making it difficult for me to comply within the required timescales?