Metrology Act, 1996

Prosecution of offences.

32.—(1) Summary proceedings for offences under this Act may be brought and prosecuted by the Director.

(2) Notwithstanding section 10 (4) of the Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act, 1851 , summary proceedings for an offence under this Act may be instituted within 12 months from the date of the offence.

(3) In any prosecution for an offence under this Act it is sufficient proof of the offence to establish that it was committed by an employee or agent of the accused, whether or not the employee or agent is identified or has been prosecuted for the offence, unless the accused establishes that the offence was committed without his or her knowledge or consent and that he or she exercised all due diligence to prevent its commission.

(4) All courts shall take judicial notice of the signature of the Director and every document purporting to be a warrant or authority signed by the Director shall be received in evidence and shall be deemed to be such warrant or authority without further proof until the contrary is shown.