recovery of premises

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The right to regain possession of property from which one has been unlawfully dispossessed (see forcible entry) or the right of a court officer to enforce a judgment for this (Criminal Law Act 1977 s 7). It is a summary offence, punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and/or a fine at level 5 on the standard scale, to resist or intentionally obstruct a court officer in the process of enforcing such a judgment, whether or not one knows that he is a court officer. There is, however, a specific defence if one can show that one believed that he was not a court officer. This offence covers most action taken by squatters to resist eviction, such as physical assaults, boarding up doors, or merely refusing to leave.

Subjects: Law.

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