The ASBI is dead. Long live the IPNA

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The title of the 2012 White Paper “Putting Victims First: More effective responses to anti-social behaviour” gave an early indication of the message the government was aiming to put out. It spoke of the failure of the current system to deal adequately with the problems of graffiti on the walls, public drunkenness on our streets, harassment and intimidation on our doorsteps, yobbish behaviour and the misery inflicted on the lives of victims. It spoke of the need to protect the most vulnerable in society, and to put the powers to deal with this type of behaviour into the hands of local agencies. It described a consultation process where victims’ wishes informed the new process: Taking their complaints seriously, dealing with the problem swiftly and preventing it from reoccurring. This, in a nutshell, is what the new legislation seeks to achieve. This article explores the mechanics of the finished Act, how it intends to do achieve these aims, and whether early signs indicate that it is likely to succeed. Read more

Rupert Chapman

New Public Law Outline Introduced

On the 22nd of April the new PLO was officially introduced. As a result of section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014 the FPR 2010 have been amended to provide for the new PLO. This is a revised regime, different in a number of respects to the existing pilot which has been applied previously. The key changes are; Read more

Rupert Chapman

Contact and Domestic Violence: New practice guidance comes into effect

As of 22nd April 2014 a new practice direction (PD12J) applies in all private law children cases where issues of domestic violence are relevant.

The PD provides a definition of domestic violence which includes controlling behaviour “designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependant by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.” Read more