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Request a review

If you have received a South Australia Police (SAPOL) expiation notice you can make a request for us to:

Before requesting a review you might like to:

A review allows SAPOL to decide if we want the notice to continue.

If you want to contest the notice you can elect to go to court where a magistrate will make the decision.

Requests to review an expiation notice

When to request an expiation notice review

You can request a review if you believe that:

  • the notice is trivial under Section 4(2) of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996
  • the notice is incorrect or a mistake has been made
  • there has been a mistake of identity
  • there is additional information that may suggest a caution or withdrawal of the notice is more appropriate
  • there are other exceptional circumstances.

You cannot request a review if:

  • you have already paid the notice
  • the matter has been referred for enforcement.

How to request an expiation notice review

Your application for a review can be made in writing or by completing a Request for Review form.

Request a review online
Download the Request for review application form Word version
Download the Request for review application form PDF version

In your application for a review:

  • explain the grounds for the review
  • provide your current address
  • give details of the notice
  • received before the due date on the expiation or reminder notice.

Submit your application and any relevant supporting documentation to the Expiation Notice Branch.

Note:
In most cases reviews are only accepted from notice holders or their legal representatives. If a notice holder authorises someone to make the application on their behalf the outcome of the review will generally be sent to the notice holder, not the person authorised to make the application.

Before requesting an expiation notice review

Before requesting an expiation notice review you may like to view the photograph evidence taken by the safety camera.

You can:

View your traffic photo online

Phone 08 8463 4388

  • for a copy to be sent by post.
  • to make an appointment to view the photo with a police officer.

Safety camera photos can only be viewed with a police officer at Expiation Notice Branch.

Before requesting a review you might find it useful to know how traffic cameras work.

Find out how traffic cameras work

Request to review a traffic camera photo

When to request a safety camera review

You can request a safety camera review if you believe that the photographic evidence is not correct.

For red light offences you can request for a review if one of more of these points applies, the:

  • vehicle number plate is obscured or not clear
  • number plate is incorrect
  • red light is not visible in both photographs
  • wrong lane has been captured.

For speed camera offences you can apply for a review if one of more of these points applies, the:

  • vehicle number plate is obscured or not clear
  • number plate is incorrect
  • wrong lane has been captured - fixed safety camera only
  • photo shows more than one vehicle travelling in the same direction - mobile safety camera only.

View your traffic photo online

How to request a safety camera photo review

Request a safety camera review by completing a review of photographic evidence form.

Request a review of photographic evidence online
Download the Request for review of photographic evidence Word version
Download the Request for review of photographic evidence PDF version

Submit your application and any relevant supporting documentation to the Expiation Notice Branch.

Note:
In most cases reviews are only accepted from the notice holder or their legal representatives. If another person authorised to make the application on behalf of the notice holder, the outcome of the review will be sent to the notice holder, not the person authorised to make the application.

Outcome of the review process

While a review is being undertaken your notice will be suspended. This means that the requirement to pay or elect to be prosecuted is deferred.

The review will be completed within seven days of receiving your application. It may take longer if additional information or other issues need to be considered.

You will be advised of the outcome of the review by letter from the Expiation Notice Branch.

SAPOL may:

  • withdraw the expiation notice and take no further action against you
  • withdraw the expiation notice and issue a caution
  • prosecute you in court
  • waive or vary any additional fees payable including reminder fees
  • allow the notice to stand.

What if I get a caution?

If the outcome of the review is a caution you do not have to pay the fine but SAPOL will record the offence as a caution.

This record may be used by SAPOL to decide what action to take against you if you are alleged to have committed the same offence in the future

What if the notice is allowed to stand?

If the notice stands you now have to decide if you want to:

  • pay the expiation notice by the due date to avoid incurring additional costs
  • request a payment arrangement through Fines Online Services 1800 659 538
  • elect to be prosecuted and go to court.

Pay your expiation online with SAPOL BPoint

Find out more about payment arrangements on the fines website.

Contacts

Phone 8463 4388
Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Postal address:
The Manager
Expiation Notice Branch
South Australia Branch
GPO Box 2029
Adelaide SA 5001

Related information

Expiation Notice Review Guidelines