Saturday, October 30, 2010
Disorderly behaviour- Offences against Public Order
A person who, in a public place or a police station, behaves in a disorderly or offensive manner, fights with another person or uses offensive language is guilty of an offence and liable to a maximum penalty of a fine of $1250 or imprisonment for three months [Summary Offences Act 1953 s.7]. Examples of disorderly behaviour include being abusive to others in the street or smashing beer bottles on the road. For the purposes of these offences, a public place includes any licensed premises or a ship or vessel.