Guidance Note 6
A guide from the AA to help those faced with the prospect of prosecuting (or being prosecuted).
Most professional arboriculturists will have to give evidence at some stage in their career - consultants and local government tree and planning officers more often than others. The performance of the arboriculturist as a witness can be pivotal in a case and this guidance note gives an insight into the basics of what would be required of an arboriculturist in this role.
The Legal System
The Duties of an Arboriculturist as a Witness
The Site Visit
The Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act
Acting for the Prosecution
Acting for the Defence
The Witness Statement
Appearing In Court
Alternatives to Criminal Prosecution
The Guidance Note includes appendices with proformas covering:
- Investigation Reports (Suspected Illegal Tree Works)
- Aids to Official Cautions for both TPO and Conservation Area Offences
- Conducting Interviews Under Caution
©2004 Spiral bound 43 pp.