Kenny, Regina (on the Application of) v Leeds Magistrates Court, Leeds City Council: Admn 5 Dec 2003

In cases involving children, Article 3 provides that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration, not the primary consideration.
The court looked at the test for making an interim ASBO: ‘Consideration of whether it is just to make an order without notice is necessarily a balancing exercise. The court must balance the need to protect the public against the impact that the order sought will have upon the defendant. It will need to consider the seriousness of the behaviour in issue, the urgency with which it is necessary to take steps to control such behaviour, and whether it is necessary for orders to be made without notice in order for them to be effective. On the other side of the equation it will consider the degree to which the order will impede the defendant’s rights as a free citizen to go where he pleases and to associate with whosoever he pleases.
It is submitted on behalf of the Claimants that such relief can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and that there must be compelling urgency to justify an application without notice. In my judgment that would be an unwarranted and unnecessary gloss upon the test set out in section 1D. But it is implicit in the balancing exercise that the considerations that weigh in favour of injunctive relief must be sufficiently serious to warrant what may amount to a serious interference with the civil rights of a defendant.’


Owen J


[2003] EWHC 2963 (Admin), [2004] 1 All ER 1333




Crime and Disorder Act 1998 1D, European Convention on Human Rights 3

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CitedManchester City Council, Regina (on the Application Of) v Manchester Magistrates’ Court Admn 8-Feb-2005
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CitedWebster and Others v The Governors of the Ridgeway Foundation School QBD 21-May-2009
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Crime, Children, Human Rights

Updated: 08 June 2022; Ref: scu.188532