Consorting

The Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) also contains anti-association laws. One of these is a law against consorting (associating) with particular people.

Under section 13 of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) :

A person who:

  • habitually consorts with (at least 2) convicted offenders (people who have been convicted of indictable offences) on at least 2 occasions; and
  • consorts with those offenders after having been given an official warning (by police) in relation to each of those offenders,

is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: 2 years imprisonment

If the consorting was with:

  • family members;
  • in lawful employment or in the operation of a lawful business;
  • in training or education;
  • in the course of health services provision or legal advice; or
  • in lawful custody or in the course of complying with a court order; and

the defendant satisfies the Court that the consorting was reasonable in the circumstances, then it is to be disregarded for the purposes of this offence.

Consorting  :  Last Revised: Tue Aug 11th 2015
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