The Judiciary as a Primary Definer on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders

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It has been argued that the introduction of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) has created a ‘new domain of professional power and knowledge’ ( Brown 2004, p.203). That is, local authorities have become ‘the main agency of [social] control’ ( Brown 2004, p.205). Alternatively, this article considers the effects of subjective legislative terminology, pivotal jurisprudential decisions, the courts' protection of individual liberties versus the public interest, and the relevance of an overburdened summary criminal justice system, and attempts to locate the position of the judiciary within ASBO cases, not as a supportive or subordinate one, but in fact as a component of elementary importance.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Doctoral Researcher, Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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