Legal advice to student occupations

5 Dec

To all the university occupations

Some basic advice on Injunctions and Possession orders.

Possession Orders

are served by the court and applied for by the owners of the property.
They give the police and high court bailiffs power to evict you using
reasonable force, this extends to the use of force to gain entry to the
space you are in.

The method in which the Order is served will be that it is pasted up onto
the property. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE READ THE ORDER FOR IT TO TAKE
EFFECT.

Oxford occupation was evicted by a Possession Order. They
refused to leave one by one and were taken out physically on mass by
police. However No arrests were made.

Injunctions

are orders by the court applied for by your uni not to do something. If
you do said thing then your in contempt of court and can be arrested. THE
MAIN DEFENSE AGAINST AN INJUNCTION IS THAT YOU WEREN’T AWARE OF IT.

At Oxford solicitors were serving the IPO but the people in occupation
chose to ignore it, thinking it might be an Injuntion. They sang well it
was being read, closed the curtains when it was put at the window and
pushed it back when it came under the door. It turned out to be a
Possession Order so this didn’t work but if it was an Injunction then it
would not have been served.

For other legal info see our bust card available here:
london.indymedia.org/articles/6069

Green and Black Cross legal team is a support group set up using the
infrastructure, skills and experience in the climate movement. We are
based in London at the moment but are happy to support people across the
UK when possible.

Solidarity with the occupations and solidarity the arrested!

GBCLegal@riseup.net

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