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ASBOs: a practitioner's guide to defending anti-social behaviour orders is a unique guide to this area of law. It is the first text to examine the practice and procedure of the criminal courts and the county court from the standpoint of a practitioner acting for the defendant. In addition to providing procedural and tactical guidance, it lends a powerful voice to the debate for a fairer and more balanced approach to what is 'anti-social behaviour' and what the appropriate prohibitions should be.
ASBOs were designed to tackle real problems in local communities such as the misery and distress caused by conduct involving harassment and intimidation. Seven years on from their introduction, ASBOs are widely used and often misused: by excessive use against the young and mentally disordered; by their use against conduct that is disturbed or dysfunctional rather than serious and threatening; by resort to over-wide prohibitions and an over-readiness to impose custodial terms for breaches.
ASBOs: a practitioner's guide to defending anti-social behaviour orders takes the reader through all the key issues:-