Anti-Social Behaviour reforms delayed
Commencement of Part I of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (in part) has been delayed, and is unlikely to be introduced until January 2015.
This affects the introduction of the new civil injunction for anti-social behaviour (which replaces the Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction ("ASBI") and the Anti-Social Behaviour Order ("ASBO") (on application)) which were to be available from 20 October 2014.
The delay is necessary to allow changes to be made to legal funding legislation to ensure that advocacy assistance is available in applications for the new civil injunction. Applications for ASBIs and ASBOs should continue to be made until such time as the changes have been made and the new commencement date communicated.
The commencement (20 October 2014) of the remaining parts of the Act is unaffected.