Crime Prevention and Community Safety

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 15–19 | Cite as

Crime and Disorder Act 1998: Section 17 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

  • Katrina Moss
  • Ken Pease
Research Article


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.


Crime and Disorder Act 1998, s 17 local authorities crime drivers Secured by Design (SBD) judicial review 


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Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katrina Moss
    • 1
  • Ken Pease
    • 2
  1. 1.Senior Lecturer, Law at Staffordshire UniversityStoke-on-Trent
  2. 2.Professor of Criminology, Huddersfield University, c/o Holmfirth Police StationHolmfirth

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