how about the citizensâ inalienable right to challenge an accusation in court? This has always been a grey area, often left up to the judge or magistrate whether a successful defendant could reclaim costs but the ethic was there to be used. I use the past tense because it has now been proposed by ministers that a motorist successfully challenging a speeding or parking fine should meet the costs of their own defence, which would come out at around Â£1,500 a throw, hardly worth arguing the toss about a Â£40 fixed penalty for speeding, is it? More to the point is that the right to challenge a court in Britain is centuries old. Are we going to let a bunch of politicians change the ancient laws of our society and overrule our civil rights? Probably.