Guidance

Civil restraint orders

Understand when civil restraint orders (CROs) are issued and view the lists of people with CROs in force against them.

About CROs

A CRO is a court order issued by a judge.

They’re usually given when a person’s application for a court hearing is refused but they won’t accept the judge’s decision.

A CRO then stops that person from re-applying to court.

Different types of CRO

The judge will decide which is the most suitable type of order to issue.

Limited CRO (LCRO)

If a person is issued with an LCRO, it means they have to get the judge’s permission before making any application to the court covered by the order.

Extended CRO (ECRO)

If the person continues to go back to the court, a judge can issue an ECRO.

This order is limited to a specified group of courts. ECROs last 2 years, but can be renewed for a further 2 years.

General CRO (GCRO)

In the most extreme cases, the judge will grant a GCRO.

This order applies to all the county courts and the High Court. GCROs last 2 years, but can be renewed for a further 2 years.

If this order is ignored, the person will be in contempt of court and may receive a prison sentence.

Lists of people with CROs

General civil restraint orders currently in force

Extended civil restraint orders currently in force