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Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Section 21: Closure orders

72.Subsection (1)(a)–(b) provides that on hearing a complaint under section 22, the court may make an order on any terms it considers appropriate against any person on whom a closure notice had been served. However, before doing so, the court should be satisfied that the closure notice was properly served, and that unlawful use of the premises continues or that there is a reasonable likelihood that the premises will be so used in future.

73.Subsection (2)(a)-(c) provides that the magistrates may include in an order a requirement that the premises be closed immediately to the public and remain closed until a constable or the local authority issues a certificate that they are satisfied that the need for the closure order has ceased. The magistrates may also order that the use of the premises for the unlawful sale of alcohol must cease immediately. In addition, they may order any of the defendants to pay a sum, as determined by the court, into the court which will not be released back to the defendant(s) until the other requirements of the closure order have been met.

74.Subsection (3)(a)–(b) provides that where the court orders the closure of the premises, it may include such conditions as it thinks fit relating to the admission to the premises of individuals. These may, for example, include individuals required to do work to secure the premises or to deal with services or utilities connected there; persons with a legitimate interest in the property; or individuals who need to access another part of the premises for legitimate reasons.

75.Subsection (4) requires a constable or the local authority to fix a copy of the closure order to the premises in a conspicuous place as soon as possible after it is made. This is to ensure that any person going there to continue the unlawful use of the premises is aware of the consequences of their actions.

76.Subsection (5) requires the payments into court to be paid to the chief executive of the court.

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