Serious crime prevention orders
Serious crime prevention orders

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Serious crime prevention orders
  • Applications to the High Court
  • Applications to the Crown Court
  • Provisions of the order
  • Procedure for applying for a serious crime prevention order
  • Variation, revocation or appeal
  • Breach of a SCPO

STOP PRESS: All offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code, regardless of the date when the offence was committed. The Sentencing Code is the name given to Parts 2–13 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020) which together comprise the consolidated rules of procedure for the sentencing of criminal offences by the criminal courts in England and Wales. This Practice Note contains links to sentencing legislation which have been moved into the Sentencing Code and is in the process of being updated. See Practice Note: Sentencing Code for further information on the Sentencing Code and for assistance in locating relevant provisions within the Code.

Serious crime prevention orders (SCPOs) were created by Part 1 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 (SCA 2007) and are civil orders used against those involved in serious crime including fraud, money laundering and failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. A SCPO is used to protect the public by preventing, restricting or disrupting a person's involvement in serious crime through the imposition of conditions on a person's activities such as who they can associate with, where they can travel to, or placing an obligation to report their financial affairs to the police.

SCPOs can be made against an individual, a body corporate, a partnership or an unincorporated association.

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