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Anti-Social Behaviour Order: a court order that prohibits the defendant from doing anything described in the order. Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, an ASBO may be imposed on an individual providing that the person has acted in an anti-social manner, that is to say, in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself, and that such an order is necessary to protect relevant persons from further anti-social acts by him. ASBOs may be imposed either as an alternative to criminal prosecution or following a conviction in criminal proceedings.

Subjects: Law.

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