24/11/2015 Last Modified: 15/11/2016
Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid work in the community or up to 6 months in prison (or up to 12 months in total for more than one offence). However a Crown Court could issue an unlimited fine and/or up to two years’ imprisonment.
An authorised person (i.e. someone who has the written consent or the owner or occupier), may fell or prune a dangerous tree in order to preserve public health and safety.