Peter Jones email@example.com
Dear Mr Jones
In your request for information, reference RFI20101715, you asked:
“Whether or not evidence obtained by detector van/portable detection equipment has ever been presented
in court during the prosecution of an alleged licence fee evader.”
Following the Internal review of your request IR2011006 I am happy to supply you with the following
I can confirm that TVL has not, to date, used detection evidence in Court. You may be interested to
understand why this is the situation. Under TVL’s current prosecution process the presentation of
detection evidence in court is unnecessary. This is because TVL uses detection evidence when applying for
search warrants. If, following service of the warrant an individual is found to be evading payment of the TV
Licence, then the evidence obtained via the search warrant is used in court, not the detection evidence. It
is worth noting that search warrants are only issued at the discretion of a magistrate (or sheriff in Scotland)
in accordance with strict legal requirements. Detection evidence would be carefully considered by the
magistrate (or sheriff in Scotland) during the warrant application process.
It does, of course, remain open to TVL to use detection evidence in court whenever it wishes in the future.
Your appeal rights
This enquiry has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, as indicated above. If
you are not satisfied with this outcome of the internal review, you may appeal to the Information
Commissioner, whose contact details are as follows: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; telephone: 01625 545700; www.ico.gov.uk.
Dan McGregor Senior Policy Adviser, TV Licensing Management Team