The offence of perverting the course of justice is a very serious offence which is heard in the County Court.
This charge is generally laid in situations where a person intends to do an act which perverts the course of justice.
In essence to prove this charge the Prosecution must show that the accused intended to do an act, the act was intended to pervert the course of justice and it did have a tendency to produce that result.
Defences to this could include a factual dispute 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 an offence which derives from common law and as such the law surrounding it is from case law.
Further information on Perverting the course of justice
In a case of Perverting the course of justice, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:
- Lack of Intent
- Factual Dispute and Concept of Beyond Reasonable Doubt
What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Perverting the course of justice?
- Without Conviction Order
- Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
- Community Corrections Order
- Suspended Prison Sentence
- Term of Imprisonment
What is the legislation for the charge of Perverting the course of justice?
There is no specific legislation for the charge of Perverting the course of justice as this is a common law offence.
We currently have no available case studies for the charge of Perverting the course of justice.
Media articles related to the charge of Perverting the course of justice:
- Prosecutions office overrules Assistant Commissioner on police assault case
- Chaouk lawyer arrested then released over alleged conspiracy
- Charge dropped against Melbourne solicitor Nick Marcevski
- Police prosecutor in court for allegedly withdrawing charge against driver he knew
- Former teacher wrongly jailed for having sex with two eight year old boys wants inquiry
Links to further information about the charge of Perverting the course of justice:
You may also visit this page to view sentencing decisions by Victorian County Courts for the offence of Perverting the Course of Justice.
Need further legal advice on this charge?
Contact one of our solicitors specialising in cases of Perverting the Course of Justice, Shaun Pascoe.