Community Penalty Notices

An update on case law concerning Community Penalty Notices

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Course Overview

Local authorities are increasingly using Community Protection Notices to prohibit otherwise lawful activity e.g. sitting in shop doorways or feeding pigeons as a response to perceived anti-social behaviour. The police and certain social housing organisations can also issue such notices.

Typical defendants may be homeless or merely eccentric; some maybe well-heeled business people. Breach of a notice is a criminal matter.  

During this session, consideration will be given to who can issue a Community Protection Notice and the criteria which must be adhered to when making one.

In addition, the following areas will also be discussed:

•    Service
•    Consequences of breach
•    Can you challenge the validity of a Notice as a defence Appeals against notices in the Magistrates’ Court
•    Other remedies
•    Legislation and Home Office Guidance

Suitable for both prosecutors and defence lawyers and paralegals advising clients in the office, this bite-size webinar, delivered by solicitor-advocate Olwen Davies, will ensure that viewers are familiar with developing case law in this area. 

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have a greater understanding of when Community Penalty Notices should be used and by whom
  • • Feel more confident when advising clients regarding Community Penalty Notices
  • • Be familiar with recent case law in respect of Community Penalty Notices
  • • Have considered relevant Home Office Guidance and Legislation in relation to Community Penalty Notices

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal law practitioners of all levels including paralegals
  • This course is suitable for prosecutors and defence lawyers


About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinars

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    21 Page
  • Exercise Questions
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60