Local Authority prosecution powers

Local Authority prosecution powers guidance:

All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. There are a number of ways of commencing criminal proceedings in England and Wales: • the...

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Legal requirements of an information There are a number of ways of commencing criminal proceedings in England and Wales: • charge at the police station following arrest...

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BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Enforcement of Part I of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) is often achieved through the service of statutory Improvement Notices and Prohibition...

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When do local authorities investigate environmental offences? Environmental offences cover a broad range of crimes which affect the surroundings we live in. Local...

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Any local authority is a creature of statute. Where a local authority acts beyond its powers, it will be acting ultra vires. The Local Government Act 1972 (LGA 1972)...

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In England and Wales it is an offence for an adult to buy or attempt to buy tobacco or tobacco related products on behalf of an individual under 18 years old. This is...

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Offence of the sale of aerosol paint to persons aged under 16 A person commits an offence if he sells an aerosol paint container to a person under the age of 16. An...

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The offence of the sale of intoxicating substances and butane cigarette lighter refills to persons aged under 18 Section 1(1) of the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act...

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In an attempt to curb the increase of children and young persons becoming addicted to nicotine, in England and Wales there are a number of difference offences relating to...

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The Sentencing Council (SC) of England and Wales is empowered by section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009) to develop and produce guidance on sentencing...

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The introduction of trial by a single justice was a response to a belief, on the part of the government, that the use of two or three justices to deal with high volume,...

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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016) overhauls the legal framework governing the use of covert surveillance by public bodies, a framework which was largely, but...

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What is the Regulators' Code and who does it apply to? The Regulators' Code is issued by the Secretary of State under section 22 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform...

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