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Making False Reports to Police

– section 53 of the Summary Offences Act 1966

This offence is when you tell the police something that is untrue. And because of what you have told the Police, the police conduct an investigation. Essentially this is a charge against wasting the time and resources of the Police.
Making false reports to police
  • A man is angry with another man, and as revenge, he tells the Police the other man is a pedophile and has child pornography on his home computer. When in fact this is a lie. The Police investigate the other man.
  • A woman involved in a crime wants to distract the Police from an investigation. She falsely accuses someone else of being involved in the crime. The other person is completely innocent. The Police question the other person.

  • The report you made to the Police was true.
  • You did not know that what you said to the Police was not true.
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
  • Can they prove that you knew what you said was false?

Maximum penalty and court that deals with this charge
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 120 penalty units or imprisonment for 1 year.

Making false reports to police is heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
The section that covers this offence is section 53 of the Summary Offences Act 1966.
What is the legal definition of Making False Reports to Police?
When a person knowingly made a false report to the Police. And the false report caused a police investigation.

“Did you lie to the Police?”

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
You are mostly likely to receive a fine for this charge if you are found guilty. You will need to pay the cost of the Police investigation. In more serious cases or for repeat offences, you may also get some time in prison.