There are a number of notices that can be served on a licensed premises and we have experience of all of them. In particular, we have dealt with s19 ‘Closure Notices’ that are served on under the Criminal Justice & Police Act 2001.
These notices are served where a police officer considers that alcohol is being sold in a way that is unauthorised. This may be because there is no licence in force or because a condition on the licence is not being complied with.
The service of the notice does not close the premises, by the police can apply after seven days to a court to ask them to order a closure. We have dealt with both notices and closure orders in court.
A factsheet has been produced by the Home Office on s19 closure notices, which can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right.