BANNING ORDERS

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The majority of football banning orders are made in the magistrates court, either on application after conviction, or on application by the Chief Constable of the supporter’s local police authority (also by the Metropolitan Police). Since our client’s criminal defence cases are prepared with this application in mind we are prepared in advance of any FBO application being made. In the majority of cases a football banning order application will be opposed and there will be a legal argument in court against the making of a FBO. Our clients’ opposing arguments benefit from years of experience successfully opposing applications, both in the magistrates’ court and on appeal at the Crown Court. Prior to a court hearing, our advocate’s first task will be to negotiate with the prosecutor to ensure all efforts are made to prevent a FBO being made.

If a client is served with a court summons and a bundle of papers in support of a FBO application by the police (i.e. without being charged with a criminal offence) this is a civil FBO application. The police usually put together a case for the making of a FBO based on intelligence reports, allegations unproven in court, and including ‘risk by association’ style reports. The application may be supported by camcorder or cctv footage on a disk which is often not provided to our client (but available for the solicitor on request).  We consider the applications on behalf of our clients and advise on the merits of opposing the application, including the costs and the consequences of a FBO being made. If a decision is made by the client against opposing the application, we are able to negotiate with the police force solicitors regarding the terms restricting freedom of movement to enable our clients to go to work, visit family, travel by train, and care for relatives and other important reasons.

 

Further services we provide include:

  • Application to the FBOA for exemption from handing in passport during control periods due to travel overseas for work or holiday
  • Advice and assistance at court for breach of football banning orders
  • Application to court for early termination (2/3rds during term of ban) of football banning orders.

Application to court for variation of football banning orders.

The majority of football banning orders are made in the magistrates court, either on application after conviction, or on application by the Chief Constable of the supporter’s local police authority (also by the Metropolitan Police). Since our client’s criminal defence cases are prepared with this application in mind we are prepared in advance of any FBO application being made. In the majority of cases a football banning order application will be opposed and there will be a legal argument in court against the making of a FBO. Our clients’ opposing arguments benefit from years of experience successfully opposing applications, both in the magistrates’ court and on appeal at the Crown Court. Prior to a court hearing, our advocate’s first task will be to negotiate with the prosecutor to ensure all efforts are made to prevent a FBO being made.

If a client is served with a court summons and a bundle of papers in support of a FBO application by the police (i.e. without being charged with a criminal offence) this is a civil FBO application. The police usually put together a case for the making of a FBO based on intelligence reports, allegations unproven in court, and including ‘risk by association’ style reports. The application may be supported by camcorder or cctv footage on a disk which is often not provided to our client (but available for the solicitor on request).  We consider the applications on behalf of our clients and advise on the merits of opposing the application, including the costs and the consequences of a FBO being made. If a decision is made by the client against opposing the application, we are able to negotiate with the police force solicitors regarding the terms restricting freedom of movement to enable our clients to go to work, visit family, travel by train, and care for relatives and other important reasons.

 

Further services we provide include:

  • Application to the FBOA for exemption from handing in passport during control periods due to travel overseas for work or holiday
  • Advice and assistance at court for breach of football banning orders
  • Application to court for early termination (2/3rds during term of ban) of football banning orders.

Application to court for variation of football banning orders.