This 4 module training programme provides expert legal guidance on how to investigate an offence, compile a successful criminal prosecution case from start to finish and gives delegates excellent knowledge of the relevant legislation, practice and procedures which they work under.

  • Manage a prosecution case from start to finish
  • Relevant legislation and procedures
  • Powers and offences
  • Issuing enforcement notices
  • Rules of evidence and admissible evidence
  • Best practice in statement/report writing
  • Give confident evidence in Court
  • Deal with difficult cross examination

On completion of this module all planning officers will understand:

  • Powers of Authorised Officers
  • Methods of Enforcement under the Act
  • Enforcement Notices
  • Section 46 Notices
  • Section 59 Notices
  • Section 60 Notices
  • Section 88 Notices

Along with Criminal Prosecutions:

  • Summary and Indictable Offences and Penalties
  • Reverse Onus Clause
  • Offences by Companies


  • Section 160 Injunctions
  • Costs/Polluter pays principal
  • What factors the Court may take into account

Judicial Review Proceedings:

  • What can be judicially reviewed
  • What time limits apply
  • When will the Court grant leave
  • Case Law re substantial ground/interest

On completion of this module Planning Officers will:

  • Understand the need for consistency of approach in enforcement procedure
  • Recognise different types of evidence, including, oral, documentary, hearsay, circumstantial and real evidence, which includes use of notebooks, photographs, and maps as evidence
  • Distinguish between facts, inferences and opinions
  • Follow best practice in evidence gathering procedure
  • Consider the rules of evidence and admissibility of evidence
  • Have an understanding of our legal system, court system and criminal prosecution procedure both summary and indictable.
  • Follow guidelines in relation to the procedure required in case preparation

On completion of this module, delegates will be able to:

  • Create, maintain and enhance best practice standards in note taking and maintenance of officers’ notebooks
  • Create, maintain and enhance best practice standards in statement writing including cautioning in accordance with the Judges Rules
  • Consider and follow best practice in both investigation and prosecution report writing, to include analysis of model report formats

On completion of this module delegates will be able to:

  • Understand summary and indictable trial procedure
  • Consider the process of giving evidence and how best to prepare
  • Appreciate the differences between examination-in-chief, cross-examination and re-examination
  • Consider the techniques used by lawyers in cross-examination
  • Analyse how to handle cross-examination, in particular getting across the whole truth
  • Experience cross-examination in the witness box, and receive feedback based on assessment criteria, covering content, structure and presentation

Planning officers will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of their powers
  • Get practical guidance on how to draft notes, statements and reports
  • Issue enforcement notices

All in accordance with best practice standards

Planning officers will also:

  • Gain skills in collecting evidence
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the
    rules of evidence ensuring the evidence
    they collect is admissible.
  • Learn through interaction with colleagues
  • Learn best practice from qualified lawyers

As part of the final module delegates will learn
how to:

  • Give clear confident testimony in court,
  • Deliver the evidence in the best way
  • Defend the evidence presented under
    difficult cross examination

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