Pubwatch bans are legal and cannot be challenged in the High Court.
That was the welcome news from the High Court yesterday in a landmark case, which safeguards the very existence of hundreds of voluntary pubwatch organisations up and down the country.
A High Court judge ruled yesterday that a man could not seek a judicial review of Buckingham Pubwatch's power to collectively ban him from their venues.
The judge ruled that private bodies such as local pubwatches are not necessarily susceptible to the same level of scrutiny as public bodies.
The oral hearing followed a rejection of the man's earlier appeal in writing that the ban breached his human rights. The ban resulted from an alleged attack on a member of bar staff.
"The consequences of the appeal being successful would have been hugely significant," said Claire Eames of Poppleston Allen, who represented the Pubwatch.
"The whole fundamental status of pubwatches and other similar organisations, such as neighbourhood watches, would have been under threat.
"It would have called in to question the very existence of pubwatches, so it is great news."
Buckingham Pubwatch member Darren Voak told the MA earlier this year that the pubwatch could face costs of £45,000 if it lost.