ABSOLUTE OFFENCE

[2003] EWHC 272 (Admin) [2003] EWHC 272 (Admin)

The offence of felling trees without a licence under ss.9 and 17 Forestry Act 1967 was one of strict liability and there was a reverse burden of proof on the accused to show in his defence that one of the exceptions under s.9(2)-(4) applied.