On more familiar territory this case at Cardiff Crown Court is in a nutshell symbolic of all the failures with the justice system at the level where it matters most; in our courts. Personally I encountered many similar circumstances on the bench and no doubt current active colleagues have their own tales of woe.
Council Tax liability cases are familiar if sometimes boring sittings for magistrates. I would opine that those weasels at HMCTS and Petty France are cooking up plans to add them to their single justice list alongside TV licensing and similar. Read this case reported at the Court of Appeal on landlords` compliance. It might be useful in limited cases applicable. I certainly had quite a few in my time.