The Law

What the Law Says…

Section 3.1 of the Criminal Law Act of 1967 states that “Any person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in preventing a crime.”

In terms of Self Defence, ‘reasonable force’ is considered force that is both ‘necessary and proportionate’.

Necessary: It must be necessary to use force. If it isn’t necessary, you shouldn’t use force.

Proportionate: The amount of force used to repel the crime/threat must be proportionate to the amount force threatened.

A very good resource for this subject is ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’ by Mark Dawes. If you are interested in this subject we recommend that you read this, as it is a very easily understood book explaining how the laws came about and how they are widely used. If you would like more information on this, please contact us.