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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Being drunk in a public place- Offences against Public Order

It is not an offence to be drunk in a public place. Under the Public Intoxication Act 1984 , the police may take a person who is drunk in a public place into custody and take the person home or to a police station or a sobering up centre. The person may not be kept at the police station for longer than ten hours (and must be released sooner if sober) but may be kept at the sobering up centre for eighteen hours. While at either place, the person must be given a reasonable opportunity to contact a lawyer, relative or friend.

A person who supplies methylated spirits or a liquid containing methylated spirits to someone else, knowing, or suspecting that he or she intends to drink it, is guilty of an offence. The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $750 [Summary Offences Act 1953 s.9a].


  1. All these examples are interesting as we can relate them to reality and the things we see in our society today.

  2. This is interesting to know, i will remember this.


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