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Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Section 20: Application for closure orders

68.Subsections (1)-(2) enable a constable or the local authority, between 7 days and six months after the service of a closure notice, to apply for a “closure order” from magistrates in respect of the premises specified in the notice.

69.Subsection (3)(a)-(b) prohibits the constable or local authority from applying for a closure order from the court where they are satisfied that there has been a cessation of the unlawful use of the premises and where they are satisfied that there is no reasonable likelihood that such unlawful use will take place in the premises in the future.

70.Subsection (4) provides that where an application has been made for a closure order, the magistrates have a discretion to issue a summons to all those on whom a closure notice had been served to attend court and answer the complaint.

71.Subsections (5) and (6) provides that when the court decides to issue a summons, they should send to all the relevant parties a notice in writing of the date, time and place of the hearing. Subsection (7) provides that the procedure for the court hearing should be in accordance with the relevant rules in the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.

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