Other Legal Resources for Activists
FreeBEAGLES Legal Resource Centre
has a very comprehensive guide to dealing with the law, 'Legal Advice
for Activists' includes info on stop and search powers, powers to seize
and retain property, suing the police and making complaints, also some
case law relevant to activists.
Legal Advice on Police Tactics Against Protestors
(November 2006) - useful information on the practical effects of recent
changes to the law affecting protest and police tactics including the
role of NETCU.
Trident Ploughshares Legal Support
(England and Wales) has guides to police and court procedures including
bail, police rights to enter a building, release from custody, McKenzie
friends, some case law and further resources.
Trespass on Protected Sites (April 2006)
a briefing by Trident Ploughshares on the "Designated Areas"
legislation affecting military and nuclear sites in the UK, under the
Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (as amended by the
Terrorism Act 2006).
No Comment: the defendents guide to arrest (2004) a guide to arrest in a Q&A format.
Reclaim your DNA (2009)
information on how to get your DNA destroyed if you are arrested and
then released without charge or are acquitted by a court.
Taking photographs of the police (Feb 2009) urban 75 briefing on the impact of the Terrorism Act 2000 legislation on photographing the police.
Basic Law for Road Protestors
(1996) some parts out of date, but still a useful guide on a wide range
of legal issues relevant to road protestors and other activists.
Legal Briefing for RAF Fairford contains useful info on who has jurisdiction over American air bases in Britain: MS-Word (doc) - 45k | OpenOffice.org (sxw) - 16k | Open Document Format (odt) - 16k
Legal Defence and Monitoring Group
was set up to monitor police behavior at protests and demonstrations
and gives support to those arrested and on remand. Website has a legal
rights guide, arrest guide and an extensive links page.
Advisory Service for Squatters gives legal and other advice to squatters and produces the very useful and comprehensive Squatters Handbook.
Asbo Concern is
an alliance of organisations and individuals who are concerned about
the use of anti social behaviour orders (asbos). Has a very interesting
dossier of when asbos have been used.
urban 75 has sections on rights on arrest, drugs and the law, clubs/raves and the law, football and the law, police complaints.
Vegan Prisoners Support Group - support for vegans to obtain vegan food when in custody.
Midnight Special Law Collective
is a US not for profit which provides legal trainings and legal support
for activists working for social change. As well as briefings on legal
rights for activists, legal observer and legal support briefings they
have produced briefings about the theory and practice of police station
and court solidarity - strategies aimed at protecting each other,
particularly those targetted for abuse or harsher treatment, within the
criminal justice system. An interesting strategy that could be adapted
for use in Britain.
Criminalising Protest and Eroding Our Right to Protest from the CJA (1994) to SOCPA (2005) - two articles on the continuing erosion of our rights to
protest, including recent changes to the law and their impact on activists.
Scottish legal resources for activists
Scottish Activist Legal Project (ScALP) provides legal support and advice to people taking direct action in Scotland.
An Activists Guide to Scots Law (March 2005) a briefing produced by the G8 legal support group specifically for activists going to the G8 in Scotland.
Faslane 365 Legal Information (October
2006) written for people involved in the Faslane 365 campaign, but
relevant for anyone taking action in Scotland.
The Activists' Legal Project is run by volunteers
who are not legal experts. If in doubt take legal advice on the
specifics of your situation from a solicitor. Our briefings only relate
to the law in England and Wales. For information on the law in Scotland
see the Scottish Activist Legal Project website. If you see any errors in our briefings or we have missed any changes in the law then please contact us.