A book like this that sets out the law relevant to protest is essential for campaigners and activists. But it's not just a guide to legal rights when protesting, it's also a handbook for the defence of civil disobedience and non-violent direct action in our democracy. That makes it essential reading for us all.”
Caroline Lucas MP, in her Foreword to the Second Edition

The Protest Handbook, Second Edition is a clear and accessible guide to protest law, which brings together both the criminal and civil aspects of this area of law and explains complex legal issues in a user-friendly format.

The authors guide practitioners and non-practitioners through the various issues and proceedings, covering the following: protestors' rights and police powers; criminal proceedings; common offences and defences; the law on occupations; challenging injunctions; and holding the police to account.

The Second Edition covers all the core legislation and case law including: Public Order Act 1986; Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; Human Rights Act 1998; Boddington v BTP, Rice v Connolly and R (Laporte) v Chief Constable of Gloucestershire as well as more recent developments such as: Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Police Act 2014; The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020; James v DPP (2016); R (DPP) v Stratford MC (2017); DPP v Ziegler (2019); R v Roberts (2019); Catt v UK (2019); Canada Goose v Persons Unknown (2020); INEOS v Boyd (2020); R (Jones) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (2020).

This is an essential guide for all legal practitioners working in this area, as well as for organisations and groups who provide advice and support for protestors and, of course, for protestors themselves.

Table of Contents

1 Powers, rights and procedure:
Powers and restrictions in relation to protests;
At the police station.
2 Criminal court procedural issues:
First appearance at the magistrates' court;
Summary trial procedure;
Abuse of process;
3 Common offences, defences and core principles:
Aggravated trespass;
Assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty;
Assaults on emergency workers;
Breach of the peace;
Criminal damage;
Failing to comply with orders;
Location-specific offences and byelaws;
Obstruction of the highway;
Public nuisance;
'Public order' offences;
Watching and besetting;
Miscellaneous offences;
General defences;
Sentencing principles;
Human rights.
4 Occupations:
What is an occupation?;
Criminal law;
Civil law.
5 Injunctions:
How do injunctions arise?;
A taxonomy of injunctions;
Giving notice;
Injunctions against unnamed defendants;
Representative proceedings;
When will the court grant an injunction?;
Grounds for injunctions;
The terms of an injunction;
Proportionality agreements;
After the hearing;
Contempt of court;
Legal aid and costs;
Other proceedings;
6 Holding the police to account:
How best to challenge the police;
Funding complaints and civil actions against the police;
Complaints against the police;
Civil actions against the police;
Judicial review proceedings.
Annex A Flowcharts
Annex B Key legislation
Human Rights Act 1998
Public Order Act 1986
Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
Annex C Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020
Annex D Useful websites
Annex E Public protests

Product details

Published 01 Dec 2020
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 2nd
Extent 400
ISBN 9781526514028
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Series Criminal Practice Series
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Tom Wainwright

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