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Offences Against Court Security

Offences against court security can be considered very serious offences depending on their circumstances.

This charge is generally laid in situations where a person carries or has in their possession on court premises a firearm or an explosive substance or an offensive weapon without lawful excuse.

In essence to prove this charge the Prosecution must show that the accused carried or had in his possession a firearm, explosive substance or offensive weapon while on court premises and where the accused did not have a lawful excuse for carrying or possessing the thing.

Defences to this could be a factual dispute, wrongful identification or lack of intent.

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

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

This is legislation that comes from section 4 of the Court Security Act 1980.


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Possible Defences

In a case of Offences against court security, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:

  • Lack of Intent
  • Factual Dispute and Concept of Beyond Reasonable Doubt
  • Identification Dispute


What penalties can be imposed for Offences against court security?

  • Deferral of Sentencing
  • Diversion
  • Without Conviction Order
  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment


What is the legislation for the charge of Offences against court security?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 4 of Court Security Act 1980.

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Need further legal advice on this charge?
Contact one of our lawyers specialising in cases of Offences Against Court Security, Andrew George.