Public Order in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R (Laporte) v Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary
    • House of Lords
    • 13 Diciembre 2006

    By contrast, a peaceful protester does not cease to enjoy the right to peaceful assembly as a result of sporadic violence or other punishable acts committed by others in the course of a demonstration: Ziliberberg v Moldova and Ezelin v France (1991) 14 EHRR 362, 375, para 34 of the Commission's decision.

  • Cozens v Brutus
    • House of Lords
    • 19 Junio 1972

    The meaning of an ordinary word of the English language is not a question of law. If the context shows that a word is used in an unusual sense the Court will determine in other words what that unusual sense is. It is for the tribunal which decides the case to consider, not as law but as fact, whether in the whole circumstances the words of the statute do or do not as a matter of ordinary usage of the English language cover or apply to the facts which have been proved.

  • Glamorgan County Council v Glasbrook Brothers
    • House of Lords
    • 19 Diciembre 1924

    No doubt there is an absolute and unconditional obligation binding the police authorities to take all steps which appear to them to be necessary for keeping the peace, for preventing crime, or for protecting property from criminal injury; and the public, who pay for this protection through the rates and taxes, cannot lawfully be called upon to make a further payment for that which is their right.

    Instances are the lending of constables on the occasions of large gatherings in and outside private premises, as on the occasions of weddings, athletic or boxing contests or race meetings, and the provision of constables at large railway stations.

  • R v Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall, ex parte Central Electricity Generating Board
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 Octubre 1981

    There is a breach of the peace whenever a person who is lawfully carrying out his work is unlawfully and physically prevented by another from doing it. He is entitled by law peacefully to go on with his work on his lawful occasions. If anyone unlawfully and physically obstructs the worker—by lying down or chaining himself to a rig or the like—he is guilty of a breach of the peace.

  • Austin v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Enero 2009

    I would hold therefore that there is room, even in the case of fundamental rights as to whose application no restriction or limitation is permitted by the Convention, for a pragmatic approach to be taken which takes full account of all the circumstances.

  • Leeds United Football Club Ltd v Chief Constable of the West Yorkshire Police
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 07 Marzo 2013

    Prima facie, in a public location the provision of police services in both situations is likely to be in discharge of the duty to maintain law and order. As I have explained at para 30 above, the position is likely to be different in private premises.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Public Order
    • No. 45-4, October 1972
    • Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
    Mr. Brown is Staff Tutor in Politics, Department of Adult Education, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Prior to his present appointment he was a member of the academic staff of the Police College,...
  • Public Order
    • No. 41-10, October 1968
    • Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
    • No. 63-4, December 1985
    • Public Administration
    Does economic deterioration in a developed country such as Great Britain inevitably mean increasing disorder and lawlessness? How would the forces of law and order react to authoritarian government...
  • Collective Victimisation and the Threat to Public Order
    • No. 10-4, December 2008
    • International Journal of Police Science and Management
    • 0000
    The article presents, for future research, a possible conceptual model for understanding the elements of public order within postmodern society. It deconstructs public order into component parts of...
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