Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of P) v LIVERPOOL CITY MAGISTRATES (2006)

PUBLISHED March 15, 2006

For an offence under the Education Act 1996 s.444(1A) to be proved a court had to be satisfied to the criminal standard that, on the evidence before it, there was no reasonable justification for a parent's failure to ensure that a pupil attended school regularly. The burden of proof did not lie on the accused parent but on the prosecuting party.