A description of what will be found in each of the articles featured on
- 1. Legal
Guide for Activists (.doc)
September 2004 (Version 4)
- A comprehensive
analysis of all the relevant laws activists in England will come up against
and how they apply to people on a practical level. Long but a must read
for everyone who wishes to know their rights both whether as an individual
or as a protestor. Version 4 contains new laws introduced over the last
year. Paper copies are available on request from email@example.com
- 2. A
Guide to Police Custody (.rtf)
- From the moment
you are arrested to the moment you are released from the police station,
a detailed guide of what you can expect, what your rights are, and how to
protect your interests.
- 3. Interrogation
- What you can
expect when you interviewd by the police, what you should do and how they
try to get you to talk. Remember, always give NO COMMENT interviews.
Knowing what to expect makes it far easier to deal with
- 4. Home
- A short guide
to the legislation surrounding this very effective tactic.
- 5. Suing
the Police & Making
- It is vital
you do not let the police deny you your rights. It only encourages them
to continue oppressing legitimate protest. Use these guides to help you
put in complaints or sue the police.
- 6. Police
Powers of Arrest (No Warrant)
- An introduction
to the powers the police have to arrest you while on a demo or in any other
situation where you come into contact with them and they do not already
have a warrant.
- 7. Human
Rights Act & Suing (.rtf)
- Under the
Human Rights Act you have greater protection from oppression by the police
and the companies backing them. This article introduces you to what has
changed and how it benefits legitimate demonstrations.
- 8. Approached
by the Police (.rtf)
- What to do
if some policemen accost you and try to pressurise you into becoming an
informer on their behalf. Again, knowing what to expect will make it far
easier to deal with. People who grass deserve to be ostracized and despised.
- 9. Sending
Letters & Emails
- The state
of the law regarding what is threatening or unlawful to send in a communication
such as a letter or email.
- 10. A
Guide to Trial in the Magistrates' Court (.rtf)
- A brief guide
on what to expect when you are taken to trial in the Magistrates' court,
including some comments on conducting your own defence.
- 11. Malicious
Phone Calls (.rtf)
- A briefing
on whether your phone calls could be considered malicious or not.
- 12. An
activists' perspective on the proposed changes in the Criminal Justice Bill
a commentary from schNEWS
on these changes
- 13. Comments
on Section 14
- A commentary
on the police use of (and powers under) 'section 14' and 'section 12' to
control assemblies and processions.
- 14. Comments
on Entrapment in English law
- Some notes
on the legal standing of entrapment in the UK and how it can be challenged.
- 15. Police
rights to keep DNA & fingerprints of innocent suspects
- A article
from the Guardian from March 2003 on this important new ruling.
- 16. Writing
- Covering paper,
envelopes, computers, printing & photocopying
- 17. Mobile
- A guide to
using mobile phones safely and securely.
- 18. Police
Code of Conduct
- The standards
police are expected to uphold on or off duty.
- 19. Giving
details and carrying ID NEW May 2004
- Police powers
for demanding your details, when you have the right to say now and the rules
about carrying ID/proof of identity.
- 20. Guide
to chosing and defending domain names
- Domain names
(URLs/Web addresses) are important tools for modern campaigners, but when
they include trademark words you could end up loosing them. We present a
guide to chosing domain names safely and what to do if you are challenged
over ownership of the domain name.
- 21. Leafleting
- A Guide to Your Rights - New
- The right
to leaflet is a basic and important right of expression, but one that is
regularly attacked. Here is a guide to your legal rights when it comes to
leaflets, their contents and dealing with attempts to stop you.
Articles from other sources
Below are copies of articles on UK law as it relates to protestors. They
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we feel they complement and/or add to the material we have provided; however,
we claim no responsibility for their contents or that they are uptodate.
- Notes on Obstruction of the Highway (www2.phreak.co.uk/ldmg
- external link)
- A good briefing by solicitor Andrew Katzen, a partner at Moss & Co,
on how this act should be interpreted by protestors and other activists.
- Notes on Section 60 provided by the WOMBLES
- Used by the police to harrass large gatherings of people, but not as
powerful as they like to make out.
- Activists Legal Project (www.activistslegalproject.org.uk)
- Some articles from the Oxford based legal group. See the links
page for their contact details
- i) A guide to trial in the magistrtes
- ii) Coping with prison (.pdf)
- a modified form for animal rights activists is also available here
(.rtf format only)
- iii) A guide to possible offenses
(last updated 2001) (.pdf)
- iv) How to set up a legal
- Prison and vegans: coping
with prison for vegans (.rtf)
- An excellent and detailed guide from the Vegan Prison Support Group (www.vpsg.org
- A Guide to Public Order Situations (www.earthfirst.org.uk/manchester/porder.htm
- external link)
- Manchester EF! notes on how the police handle public order situations,
what your rights are and some things which you should consider doing.
- Forensic Medicine: www.
- A good site which looks at the issues surrounding forensic medicine and
burden of proof.
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