The TV Licensing prosecutors that see almost 170,000 individuals convicted of TV licence evasion every year are not legally qualified or subject to regulation, the TV Licensing Blog can exclusively reveal.
An email was recently sent to TV Licensing enquiring about the legal regulation of its prosecutors, which it refers to as Court Presenters.
In response, TV Licensing's Sue Barnett wrote: "Our Court Presenters are not legally qualified and are not subject to formal regulation, and as such are required to seek permission from the court to present cases. TV Licensing, as the BBC’s agent, is answerable to the BBC."
TV Licensing Operations Contractor Capita Business Services Ltd. is responsible for enforcement of the TV licence fee and prosecution of alleged TV licence evaders. It employs Court Presenters like the specimen shown above .
The revelation that Capita's Court Presenters are not legally qualified or subject to regulation, should hopefully embolden anyone wrongly accused of TV licence evasion. They may be fearful of mounting a legal challenge in the mistaken belief the prosecutor is legally qualified, when in fact they probably aren't.
As we have said all along, it is only by pleading not guilty that a person can force TV Licensing to prove its case against them. If an alleged TV licence evader just rolls over and accepts their fate, then TV Licensing will never have to produce evidence of the offence for closer scrutiny by the court. Quite often, in our opinion, that evidence is seriously flawed (or even non-existent).
Much more information for those accused of TV licence evasion in our earlier articles:
- The Single Justice Procedure Notice: Its Application to TV Licence Offences
- TV Licence Summons: What To Do?
- TV Licence Court Cases: Defence and Mitigation
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