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This section aims to give you an overview of both the civil and criminal legislation which protects consumers. Some Acts of Parliament contain both civil and criminal provisions. Under civil law, you as an individual can claim against a trader through the civil courts, such as the Small Claims Court. Under criminal law, traders can be prosecuted and the criminal courts have the power to make compensation orders in favour of consumers. Prosecutions are usually undertaken by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Business Advertisements (Disclosure) Order 1977*

Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008

Consumer Credit Act 1974 (as amended by the Consumer Credit Act 2006)*

Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000

Consumer Protection (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

Consumer Transactions (Restrictions on Statements) Order 1976*

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999

Estate Agents (Redress Scheme) Order 2008

Estate Agents Act 1979

Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992

Prices Act 1974

Property Misdescriptions Act 1991

Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended by The Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994 and The Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002)

Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982

Timeshare Act 1992

Trade Marks Act 1994

Trading Schemes Act 1996 and Trading Schemes Regulations 1997

Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977

Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999

Unsolicited Goods and Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 as amended

Weights and Measures (Northern Ireland) Order 1981*

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