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Every citizen has a right to association in Australia, just like any reasonable country in the world. However, in some instances such requests can slip to abuse, especially where other community members begin to fear as a result of such association reasonably.
It is an offence in the Northern Territory (NT) referred to as consorting for a person to habitually and knowingly associate or support their relationship with a convicted offender (offender of a serious indictable crime) under the law.
If an individual is convicted in a Northern Territory (NT) court for a Consorting offence, the offence will show up as a disclosable court outcome (DCO) on a national criminal background check in the NT.
Subsection 1 of Section 55A of the Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT) finds a person guilty of a consorting offence if they
Especially after receiving a relevant written notice that prohibits them from such association.
The offence of consorting with convicted and known offenders in the NT is a two-year imprisonment term.
Consorting offences may usually become ambiguous, especially regarding the relationship between both parties. Subsection 2 of section 55A alerts various legal defences to a consorting offence in the NT.
It is a defence to an offence of consorting if the defendant can prove;
Section 55A(3) of the Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT) considers a person to consort or guilty of such offence if they
The subsection describes how a commissioner can issue a notice to the person to include;
S55A(5) of the Act stipulates the notice to specify the following instructions;
When the commissioner serves an official notice to an accused person, they must ensure that the recipient understands the matters in the notice. And where there are multiple offenders, the commissioner must give each person a separate notice with similar obligations.
The notice given to any of the specified persons for the offence must be to the respect that;
For this section, the offence is prescribed if it is;
Consorting is not a stand-alone offence and may even be mistaken for many other numerous offences under the Act.
The Jury can equally change the original consorting sentencing to a more suitable one if it is not compatible with the evidence. There are many other offences similar to consorting, including;
Is guilty of a crime listed in the section 56 of the Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT).
It is an offence that attracts penalties of;
A person who, after being guilty of certain offences under section 56, commits a further offence that includes;
Is guilty of an offence that incurs as much as;
One of the results of habitual consorting is that a person may become suspected of keeping the stash or stolen material of the convicted offender.
And they know the property to be reasonably stolen is guilty of an offence under section 61 of the Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT).
It is a crime that incurs as much as;
The Police have the power to disperse a crowd or direct a person out of a premise if they suspect a riotous movement. Any act that involves a gathering or group whether equally guilty of the offence of consorting or not or;
Such a person is guilty of an offence that incurs as much as
A person found guilty of a violent offence if they are two or more people in the violent gathering. It is especially a severe offence where the person intends to conduct himself in such offence knowing the implications,
If an individual is found guilty of a consorting offence in the Northern Territory (NT), the offence will show up as a disclosable court outcome (DCO) on the results of their police clearance check.
Individuals can obtain a nationally coordinated criminal history check online via the Australian National Character Check - ANCC® website.
Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT) -https://legislation.nt.gov.au/en/Legislation/SUMMARY-OFFENCES-ACT-1923
Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT) (Austlii References) - http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nt/consol_act/soa1923189/
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