Factors that the court ought to take into consideration when considering sentencing. These do not amount to a defence but special reasons arguments may allow the court to prevent the imposition of penalty points or disqualification.
To amount to a “special reason” a matter must:
- Be a mitigating or extenuating circumstance
- Not amount in law to a defence to the charge
- Be directly connected with the commission of the offence
- Be one which the court ought properly to take into consideration when imposing a sentence