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Lighting of Fires in the Open Air

Lighting of fires in the open air is a summary offence heard in the Magistrates’ Court.

This charge is generally laid in situations where a person lights a fire outside that damages property or endangers life, or where a person lights a fire and leaves it unattended.

In essence to prove this charge the Police must show that an accused lit or used a fire in the open air, that the accused left the fire unattended, and that because of the fire the life of another was endangered or the property of another was damaged.

Defences to this charge can include a factual dispute, lack of intent, or lack of endangerment or destruction of property.

You should ring us and discuss your case if you have been charged.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has consequences for you and should be made after proper discussion with a criminal lawyer.

This legislation comes from section 11 of the Summary Offences Act 1966.

 

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What is the legislation for the charge of Lighting of fires in the open air?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 11 of Summary Offences Act 1966 .

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