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Policy Environmental Health Enforcement Policy

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14. Formal Cautions

9.1    In cases where a prosecution is not considered to be the most appropriate course of action, the issue of a formal caution will be considered as an alternative, depending on the circumstances.

9.2    A formal caution is the written acceptance by an offender that they have committed an offence and may only be used where a prosecution could properly have been brought.  It will be brought to the Court's attention if the offender is convicted of a subsequent offence.

9.3    As with a prosecution, additional enforcement mechanisms may also be used in conjunction with a formal caution.