Legal Challenge Calls for ASBO Suspensions

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Legal Challenge Calls for ASBO Suspensions


ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour orders (ASBOs) imposed here could be suspended from Wednesday if a legal challenge against the controversial legislation is successful, the High Court heard yesterday. Co Londonderry man Peter Neill, who is the first adult targeted by the Order, has applied for leave to apply for a judicial review of ASBOs on the grounds that the Northern Ireland Office did not comply with the equality provisions contained in the Northern Ireland Act 1998 by not undertaking a full Equality Impact Assessment. The Equality Commission and the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) have already voiced concern about the way ASBOs were introduced here. Police are trying to secure an ASBO on 37-year-old Mr Neill, of Hazelbank Road in Coleraine, after it was alleged he was involved in drugs, making threats to kill, disorderly behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon. Mr Neill says the allegations against him are untrue. A solicitor for Mr Neill told the hearing his client wanted the Secretary of State to suspend the orders immediately until a proper assessment was carried out. He argued that under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Northern Ireland Office were obliged to consider the impact of each new or existing policy on equality of opportunity. …

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