Training course

Online - Local Authority Environmental Prosecutions

10 February 2022
09:30 - 14:30


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Brand new for 2021, this online course provides a solid and practical introduction to the law and practice of local authority environmental prosecutions. Delivered by Aneeka Muneer, a magistrates’ court advocate with over fifteen years’ experience, the course will provide attendees with:

  • A basic knowledge and understanding of local government criminal litigation and magistrates court process.
  • Good practice tips for case management, evidence review, identification of criminal offences and proceeding with a prosecution.
  • Confidence to apply what they have learned and deal with a range of advocacy in the magistrates’ court.


This course is aimed at trainee solicitors and those new to local government prosecutions who wish to understand how best to prepare a file for a magistrates’ court, gain an understanding of the statutory and criminal procedural rules relevant to local authority legal service, and develop basic advocacy skills.


Session 1: Evidence file review

  • Review of file: case study
  • Local Government Act 1972 - delegation/authorisation/constitution
  • Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996: disclosure
  • Criminal Justice Act 2003: witness evidence
  • PACE - code of practice

Session 2: Decision to proceed with a prosecution

  • CPS Code: two fold test
  • Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006: Enforcement Policy
  • Criminal Procedure Rules (latest version October 2020) - summons/information requirement
  • Offences and defences
  • Point to account - time bar, primary authority

Session 3: Magistrates’ court hearing/case study

  • Criminal Procedure Rules: preparation prior to hearings
  • Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980: various hearings
  • Preparation for summary/either way offence, guilty/not guilty plea
  • Out of court disposals, plea equivocal, additional court orders

Session 4: Advocacy

  • Advocacy tips
  • Sentencing guidelines and prosecution/defence cost application
  • Tips in dealing with court staff/clerks/duty solicitors/defence lawyers/interpreters
  • Do's and don'ts of case presentation

Online - Local Authority Environmental Prosecutions

10 February 2022 | 09:30 - 14:30

£199 +VAT

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