Crime and Disorder Act 1998: Section 17 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?
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In Britain, s 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, whereby local authorities are enjoined to have due regard to crime and disorder prevention in the exercise of their functions, is regarded as potentially the most important part of that Act. An example is given of how actions of local authorities may be challenged by judicial review, and what the nature of a defence to such challenge might be. Recommendations are made as to what the actions of a prudent local authority should now be in the light of the potentially profound implications of s 17.
KeywordsCrime and Disorder Act 1998, s 17 local authorities crime drivers Secured by Design (SBD) judicial review
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