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Our client was being prosecuted for speeding. His defence was that he was several hundred miles away at the time and had an alibi to establish this. He asserted that someone must have given the police his name and address (the car being driven was a hire car). In those circumstances, we requested that the Crown hold an identification parade to see if the police officers could identify our client. The Crown – for reasons unknown – refused to do this and we therefore had to petition the court to compel the Crown to do so. The court agreed with our submissions and rejected those of the Crown, ordering an identification parade to be held. Three days later we received a letter from the Crown, discontinuing the prosecution. Our client had previously been represented by another firm who had not lodged a defence of alibi and had not requested an identification parade. The case shows how important it is to properly prepare a client’s defence.