A Guide to the Public Order Act

The Public Order Act 2023 was passed in May 2023. The Act is aimed at protestors and criminalises specific forms of protest with the creation of a number of new criminal offences. It also significantly expands police powers of stop and search, including searches without suspicion.

Read this guide to the new law with contributions from Paul Heron at the Public Interest Law Centre and Piers Marquis at Doughty Street Chambers.