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Summary Offences (Disrespectful Conduct in Court) Amendment Bill

Status: passed Parliament

The Bill addresses disruptive or offensive behaviour in court. The offence applies to a party to the proceeding, and includes behaviour such as refusing to stand for a judge and using offensive or threatening language. It will not apply to involuntary behaviour, such as movement or vocalising due to a medical condition or disability.

The Bill does not change the current offence of contempt of court or powers to remove someone from the court, but adds an offence where there was a gap.

The Bill does not apply to youths or to any proceedings in the Criminal jurisdiction of the Youth Court.

The offence has a maximum penalty of $1250 or three months imprisonment.