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The Crimes Act 1900 sets out several public justice offences which come under the definition of perverting the course of justice, which includes “obstructing, preventing, perverting or defeating the course of justice or the administration of the law.” It is important to note that in relation to serious indicatable offences and child abuse offences, the prosecution does not need to prove you had knowledge that the offence was a child abuse offence or a serious indicatable offence to prove your guilt.
Common public justice offences are as follows:
Under section 315 of the Crimes Act 1900 a person who does anything intending to hinder:
(a) the investigation of a serious indictable offence committed by another person, or
(b) the discovery of evidence concerning a serious indictable offence committed by another person, or
(c) the apprehension of another person who has committed a serious indictable offence.
For the purposes of this section, a person is considered to have committed a serious indicatable offence if a ‘public officer’ (e.g. a police officer), suspects on reasonable grounds that a person as committed an offence.
However, it is important to note that if you merely refuse or fail to divulge information or produce evidence, you have not committed an offence under this section.
The maximum penalty for the offence of hindering investigations is 7 years imprisonment. If this offence is dealt with in the Local Court the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and/or 100 penalty units ($11,000).
It is a defence to the offence of hinder investigation if:
Section 315A of the Crimes Act 1900 states that it is an offence to threaten to do or cause, or to do or cause, any injury or detriment to any other person intending to influence any person not to bring material information about an indictable offence to the attention of a police officer or other appropriate authority. You may be found guilty of this offence if for example, you threaten a witness to stop them from giving evidence in court.
Material information is any information that may be of material assistance in arresting, prosecuting or convicting someone who has committed a serious indicatable offence.
The maximum penalty for the offence of threatening or intimidating victims or witnesses is 7 years imprisonment. If this offence is dealt with in the Local Court the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and/or 100 penalty units ($11,000).
It is a defence to the offence of hinder investigation if:
A person is guilty of the offence of tampering with evidence pursuant to section 317 of the Crimes Act 1900, if they intentionally mislead any judicial tribunal in any judicial proceeding by:
A judicial tribunal includes any person such as a coroner or arbitrator, or any court or other body authorised by law or by the consent of the parties, which may conduct a hearing to determine a matter or thing.
A ‘judicial proceeding’ is any proceeding in or before a judicial tribunal in which evidence may be taken on oath.
The maximum penalty for tampering with evidence is 10 years imprisonment. If the offence is dealt with in the Local Court the maximum penalty is 2 years imprisonment and/or 100 penalty units ($11,000).
Under section 318(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 it is an offence for someone to make a false instrument or to make a copy of an instrument which the person knows to be a false instrument, with the intention that:
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