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You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.

Mahatma Gandhi

Workshops from the Activists' Legal Project

Preparing for Action

A workshop for groups who are planning a specific action, or for groups considering taking part in direct action at some time in the future who want to find out more about the legal issues. The workshop will be tailored to your group's particular needs, but will concentrate on covering the things you need to know before taking action including the arrest procedure, rights in custody, bail and possible criminal charges. For more information on other aspects of taking direct action see our Direct Action Resources Page.


A workshop for those who have been arrested and charged, which will look at the specific charges, court procedure, deciding whether to be represented, possible defences, and penalties on conviction.

Legal workshops at gatherings or events

A general legal workshop for activists or those considering taking direct action which will cover the commonest criminal charges that activists are likely to encounter, the arrest process and your rights on arrest. Contact us if you would like to organise a workshop for your group or at an event you're organising.

The Activists' Legal Project is run by volunteers who are not legal experts. If in doubt take legal advice on the specifics of your situation from a solicitor. Our briefings only relate to the law in England and Wales. For information on the law in Scotland see Scottish Activist Legal Project website. If you see any errors in our briefings or we have missed any changes in the law then please contact us.