As mentioned in our previous post, TV Licensing's PR harlots regularly deliver information sessions to members of the Magistracy.
The author of the influential Justice of the Peace blog has previously commented on this unusual state of affairs, which effectively sees TV Licensing touting for business in the courts: "TV Licensing is but one of many prosecuting bodies which use the Magistrates' Courts system to enforce their regulations. For those unaware, using a TV without a licence is a criminal offence. It is also a criminal offence to be a ticket tout, to ill-treat an animal, or to contravene planning regulations. The organisations responsible for bringing prosecutions on those matters do not send regular information to Magistrates. I question why TV Licensing does so. Is it to inform Magistrates who adjudicate on such cases or to subtly influence them in general? If the latter I can assure them that they have failed totally."
For all TV Licensing reluctantly admits to holding Magistrates' Court indoctrination sessions, they are less forthcoming about the information they actually convey to the Justices on such occasions. Several previous attempts have been made to obtain a full copy of the TV Licensing Court Briefing presentation from the BBC, but all have resulted in only partial disclosure.
It seems, for whatever reason, that the BBC really doesn't want the public to know what they're telling Magistrates on slide 11 of the presentation.
Unfortunately for them Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service has a more transparent approach when it comes to divulging information aimed at the judiciary.
The full contents of slide 11, which the BBC tries to keep hidden from public view, can be seen in this disclosure document.
In particular note that if you're a first-time evader TV Licensing shouldn't, in theory, prosecute you if you buy a licence immediately when caught.