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Legal Observers in the UK


Legal observers are individuals, usually representatives of civilian human rights agencies, who attend public demonstrations, protests and other activities where there is a potential for conflict between the public or activists and the police, security guards or other law enforcement personnel. The purpose of legal observers is to monitor, record and report on any unlawful or improper behaviour.

Legal or human rights observers act as an independent third party within a conflictual civil protest context, observing police behaviour in order to keep police accountable for their actions. Legal observers can write incident reports describing police violence and misbehaviour and compile reports after the event. The use of video and still cameras, incident reports and audio recorders is common.

Police acted unlawfully in demanding legal observer hand over personal details and submit to filming after being kettled in trade union protest

Legal ObserversPhoto courtesy The Independent

Here at Legal Observer we aim to post on legal news and offer links to current laws and legislation in the UK that may affect you when dealing with Common Law, Legislation, Equity and European law including Human Rights. Although we are not able to offer ‘Legal Advice’ we would hope to offer a way of finding the correct advice through our many posts.