Hello all. I was summonsed to appear in court for a plea. Contacted the court by email to ask for adjournment as I had other commitments and was emailed by court that there was no listing for my case - 9 days before court date. On the day that the supposed court date, I phoned the court and they told me it was on. I emailed for the magistrates court notification that there was no listing and I obviously could not attend. I was subsequently convicted in my absence and fined a very large sum of money! Normal protocol as I see it, is that the court needed to respond to my request for adjournment. Seems like entrapment whereby I am told not to attend then the magistrate throws the book at me in favour of local government!