Trading Standards prosecution and enforcement sanctions policy

Evidential considerations

If the factors tending towards prosecution and, or enforcement order proceedings outweigh those against the following evidential factors will be considered to ensure that there is a realistic prospect of conviction or obtaining the court order:

  • whether there is sufficient evidence to meet the required burden of proof
  • whether the evidence is admissible
  • whether the evidence is reliable
  • whether the suspect can make out a statutory defence
  • the ability and, or willingness of any witness to co-operate