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Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

New Section 11B of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003: Part 1A closure order

655.New section 11B(1) provides that once a Part 1A closure notice has been issued, an application must be made to the magistrates’ court for the making of a Part 1A closure order. Under new section 11B (2) the application must be made by either a constable or employee of the local authority, depending on who issued the Part 1A closure notice.

656.New section 11B(3) provides that the court must hear the application within 48 hours. The 48 hours runs from the time the Part 1A closure notice was fixed on the premises. New section 11B(4) sets out the test of which the court must be satisfied before making a Part 1A closure order. The court must be satisfied that a person has engaged in anti-social behaviour on the premises (but not necessarily within the preceding 3 months), that the use of premises is associated with significant and persistent disorder or persistent serious nuisance, and that the making of the order is necessary to prevent future disorder or nuisance of that description.

657.New section 11B(5) sets out that the effect of a Part 1A closure order is to close the premises altogether, including to owners and residents, for up to 3 months. New section 11B(6) enables the court to include provisions in the order relating to access to any part of the building or structure of which the premises forms a part.

658.New section 11B(7) allows the court to adjourn the hearing for up to 14 days to allow the occupier or the other persons mentioned to show why a Part 1A closure order should not be made, for example because the problems have ceased or the occupiers have been evicted. New section 11B(8) provides that the Part 1A closure notice continues to have effect until the end of any such adjournment. A Part 1A closure order may be made in relation to the whole or part of the premises affected by the notice (New section 11B(9)).

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