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Environment Agency Prosecutions

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Is there any metadata available on Environment Agency Prosecutions?

https://environment.data.gov.uk/dataset/9c7728fc-68e2-46e1-addb-63790b6b5313

I am interested to know...

Date of action - is this the date of the court verdict

CICS Air, Land and water - what do the numbers refer to?

Data Source - what does CMS and NED mean? What is the difference?

thank you

James

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Hello James, 

 

Thank you for your question, please see our response below:

1. Date of action - is this the date of the court verdict?

Yes, that is correct.

2. CICS Air, Land and water - what do the numbers refer to?

CICS is the Common Incident Classification System. The numbers refer to the Environment Agency’s classification of the amount of environmental harm caused to the respective media (air, land and water):

Category 1 – major, serious, persistent and/or extensive impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property Category 2 – significant impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property

Category 3 – minor or minimal impact or effect on the environment, people and/or property

Category 4 – substantiated incident with no impact.

3. Data Source - what does CMS and NED mean? What is the difference?

NED is the National Enforcement Database. This was the Environment Agency’s first integrated national database of enforcement actions. It went into effect in 2000 and was phased out between 2013 and 2016, to be replaced by CMS.

CMS (or ‘ECMS’) is the Environment Agency’s Electronic Case Management System. This system was designed to replace and improve upon the capabilities of the NED system. It was launched in 2013 and fully phased in by 2016, as the NED system was phased out.

I hope this helps

Ella Fotheringham - Environment Agency

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Thanks. Two more questions on the Prosecutions dataset

Do you know why there are instances of duplicate entries for the same offence (where everything looks identical on each line)?

Is there a unique reference available in the dataset for each prosecution? I don't see any obvious field that can be used as a URN presently without creating one internally which would not be ideal?

kind regards

James

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Hello,  apologies for chasing.  Just wondering when you would be able to get a response to my other two questions?

regards

James

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Hi James, 

Apologies for the delayed response, please see the answers to your questions below:

Q1. Do you know why there are instances of duplicate entries for the same offence (where everything looks identical on each line)?

What look like duplicate entries are actually multiple charges or counts of the same offence.

Q2. Is there a unique reference available in the dataset for each prosecution? I don't see any obvious field that can be used as a URN presently without creating one internally which would not be ideal?

A single prosecution can be determined by sorting the data by offender name and within that by date of action. We count a single prosecution as the aggregate of all charges heard against a defendant on the same date in court.

Ella Fotheringham

Environment Agency 

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