Action: Know Your Rights

'What's next?' - A Guide to the Post-Charge Legal Process

So you were arrested for protesting and the authorities have decided to charge you with an offence: what happens next? Being prosecuted can be a… Read More

1. Legal Representation

Legal representation is the first thing to consider after being charged with an offence. For a more detailed overview of the role of solicitors… Read More

2. The Prosecution Process

The process of being prosecuted can be broken down into different stages. In this section, we will concern ourselves with the stages from… Read More

3. Possible Outcomes

The court process can end in different ways. Many protest cases do not get as far as sentencing, and it is extremely rare to get… Read More

4. Sentencing

If you either plead or are found guilty, the judge will pass a sentence. Sentences usually consist of a fine, a suspended sentence or… Read More

5. FAQs

1. My bail sheet says I have to report to a police station/court on a certain date – What happens if I cannot make that… Read More

Being Arrested

This section covers specific issues that transgender people may face if they are arrested. For general advice, please see our guide on being arrested… Read More

Being Stop & Searched

You do not have to give any personal details during a stop and search. Police stop and search people to gather intelligence and to intimidate. Read More

Being Trans and Protesting

You have the right to have your gender recognised. This guide outlines other key rights and advice for trans people attending protests. Transphobia is rife in… Read More

Demonstrations and International Students

This briefing deals with the risks to someone’s immigration status if they get into trouble at a demonstration. First, it is important to remember that… Read More

Filming and Photographs at Actions

You do not have to comply with police filming unless you have been arrested for an offence. They have no more rights than you to… Read More

How do I find out what information the police hold on me?

The police record a variety of information, or ‘intelligence’ on people attending protests. This information is retained on databases and shared with other police forces,… Read More


Dealing with injunctions – a brief protesters’ guide Injunctions are basically a way that companies can buy themselves personalised laws. As such they are complicated… Read More

Key Advice for Protesting in France

There are key differences in the rights of protesters in France, compared to the UK. However, you should still remember ‘No Comment’. State of Emergency The… Read More

Key Advice when Going on a Protest

If you’re heading out on a protest, take a read of our key messages and download a copy of our latest bustcard. We… Read More

Key Messages

If you’re heading out on a protest, take a read of our key messages and download a copy of our latest bustcard. We… Read More

Laws Commonly Used at Protests

Having a basic knowledge of the laws the police most commonly use to disrupt protests can increase your confidence on actions and help you stand… Read More

Mini briefing on common policing powers used on a demo

Stop and Search Section 1 of PACE. The police have to give reasonable grounds to suspect YOU of carrying articles for use for burglary/theft, stolen… Read More

Obstructing Workplaces: Trade Union Law

Section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act This power is for preventing pickets related to workplace strikes from disrupting work. However it… Read More

Police Liaison Officers

Just say no! Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) are police officers sent to gather intelligence and spread unhelpful messages on protests. They are sometimes tasked with… Read More

Should I ignore Police Bail?

People arrested at protests often have unreasonable conditions imposed by the police when given bail, despite not being charged with an offence. It… Read More

Stop and Search

The police have specific powers that allow them in some circumstances to stop and search you. These powers are used to build an intelligence picture… Read More

What happens if I'm Arrested?

Don’t panic! Just remember our key advice: Make “NO COMMENT” to all questions. Read More

What is a Legal Observer?

Legal observers are trained volunteers who support the legal rights of activists. They provide basic legal guidance and are independent witnesses of police behaviour at… Read More