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Delay Entry of Police

When a person delays the Police from entering a public place.

  • A police officer tries to enter part of a public park where a group of young people are having a party and one of the youths confronts the police officer
  • During a street protest, police attempt to enter into a building that has been overtaken by protesters and some of the protesters group together to block the police

  • The conduct did not delay the police officer from entering the public place
  • There is no valid reason under the Summary Offences Act 1966 for the police officer to enter the public place in order to observe the Act
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Did your actions actually delay the police?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge

The maximum penalty for the offence of Delay Entry of Police (s22 of the Summary Offences Act 1966) is a fine of 1 penalty unit.

Delay entry of police is the sort of charge regularly heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

The section that covers this offence is section 22 of the Summary Offences Act 1966.

What is the legal definition of Delay Entry of Police?
Delaying to admit a police officer into a public place.

“Did you actually delay them?”

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
If found guilty for this offence, you will get a fine.