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Criminal Behaviour Order

Criminal Behaviour Orders (‘CBOs’), under Part 2 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, came into force on 20 October 2014.  They replace the Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) on conviction and the Drinking Banning Order (DBO) on conviction.

The CBO is available on conviction for any criminal offence in any criminal court. The order is aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders who engage in criminal activity as well as anti-social behaviour, where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

CBOs include prohibitions to stop the anti-social behaviour (by prohibiting specified acts), and may also include requirements to address the underlying causes of the offender's behaviour by requiring the offender to participate in specified acts e.g. attendance at a course.

The court may make a CBO against an offender only on the application of the prosecution. For a CBO to be made:

  • The court must be satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the offender has engaged in behaviour that caused, or was likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person; and
  • That the court considers making the order will help in preventing the offender from engaging in such behaviour.

The order will begin from the day it is issued and, for those under 18 years old it will last between 1 and 2 years, being reviewed every 12 months from the day it was made. For adults over 18 the order will last a minimum of 2 years and can last indefinitely. Failure to comply is a criminal offence and as such can result in imprisonment and/or a fine.

Further Information

Criminal Behaviour Orders (CPS Guidance)

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