Enforcement policy (regulatory services, housing and health)
When considering whether or not to prosecute we will determine if there is sufficient evidence to prove the case and whether the intended action is ‘in the public interest’.
The final decision to initiate court proceedings will be taken by the appropriately delegated departmental manager following a case review.
Prosecution action is taken on the behalf of the public at large and not just in the interest of any particular individual or group. However, when considering the public interest test, the consequences to those affected by the offence, and any views expressed by those affected will, where appropriate, be taken into account when making enforcement decisions.
As soon as the decision to prosecute has been made the investigating officer will instruct our appointed solicitors to commence proceedings.