Gang injunctions - dubbed "Gangbos" - came into force in February 2011. As the rate of authorities seeking Gang injunctions increases, GCN's Brigid Baillie , part of the team at GCN who have contested a significant number of these applications, reflects on the team's experience to date in terms of the reality of these orders for respondents and on seeking guidance on what is reasonable and proportionate in these proceedings.

In her article for Justice Gap Brigid Baillie, looks at these new and untested orders and notes that "very few have been contested". She compares and contrasts Gangbos to ASBOs and reviews the characteristics (prohibitions and positive requirements) and the consequences for respondents when they are breached before pointing out their long-term futility :

"...there is nothing to suggest that Gangbos are part of a wider programme which goes beyond quasi criminal penalties. The end result is likely to be imprisonment for conduct which does not necessarily amount to a criminal offence and zero rehabilitation, or other alternative focus, for Gangbo respondents."

The full article can be read at the link below:

5th February 2013 - Gangbos two years on The Justice Gap

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GCN Gang injunction team: Brigid BaillieMark BarlowLaura CawseyAndy FitzpatrickMark George QCBen McCormackMary McKeoneMatthew Stanbury

James StarkKate StonePete Weatherby QCGary Willock,  Sara Woodhouse Davie