The single justice procedure is now the most common way in which low level motoring offences are prosecuted through the courts. However, a recent High Court case has offered some very useful clarity on the issue of time limits. The statutory time limit for commencing proceedings is 6 months after the date of the alleged offence. The confusion has arisen due to a common practice of police forces commencing proceedings very close to or even after 6 months following the date of the allegation. Some arguments have been raised by Defence Solicitors about the validity of the proceedings where the written charge and single justice procedure notice have been served on the defendant (and the court) more than six months after the date of the alleged offence.