Violent disorder

Public Order Act 1986, s.2
Effective from: 04 August 2008

Triable either way:

Maximum when tried summarily: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months

Maximum when tried on indictment: 5 years

User guide for this offence


Offence seriousness (culpability and harm)

A. Identify the appropriate starting point

These offences should normally be dealt with in the Crown Court.

However, there may be rare cases involving minor violence or threats of violence leading to no or minor injury, with few people involved and no weapon or missiles, in which a custodial sentence within the jurisdiction of a magistrates’ court may be appropriate.

Consult your legal adviser.