Definition of unlawful assembly in English:

unlawful assembly

noun

English Law
historical
  • A meeting of three or more people likely to cause a breach of the peace or to endanger the public.

    ‘he hoped to demonstrate that what he had been involved in was not an unlawful assembly within the definition’
    mass noun ‘he was imprisoned for six weeks for unlawful assembly and riot’
    • ‘At the heart of the trial was the question: just what constituted an unlawful assembly?’
    • ‘The 50 persons who were charge-sheeted have been accused of murder, rape, arson, looting, criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly and attack on police.’
    • ‘The police announced that the protest was ‘declared an unlawful assembly,’ and told protestors to ‘Leave within 15 minutes or face arrest.’’
    • ‘To participate in a riot, it is only necessary that you are one of ‘three or more persons gathered together for a common purpose in an unlawful assembly that has begun to disturb the peace tumultuously’.’
    • ‘Actual breaches of the peace include riotous and unlawful assemblies, riots, affrays, forcible entry and detainer, etc…’
    • ‘Despite the lack of defense, the tribunal condemned the accused to death for culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and breach of the peace.’
    • ‘On July 30, 16 workers were convicted of unlawful assembly and endangering the public peace over incidents during industrial action on June 15, 2001.’
    • ‘If activities go later, he says, the LAPD may declare an unlawful assembly and make arrests.’
    • ‘The Divisional Court held that the Salvation Army procession could not be regarded as an unlawful assembly simply because others were trying to disrupt it in a way which might well lead to a breach of the peace.’
    • ‘Regardless of the permit arrangements, says Myers, by shooting into a crowd without first declaring an unlawful assembly and giving people time to disperse, the LAPD acted illegally.’