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CRIMES ACT 1900 - SECT 19A
Punishment for murder
19A Punishment for murder
(1) A person who commits the crime of murder is liable to imprisonment for
(2) A person sentenced to imprisonment for life for the crime of murder
is to serve that sentence for the term of the person's natural life.
Nothing in this section affects the operation of section 21 (1) of the Crimes
(Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (which authorises the passing of a lesser
sentence than imprisonment for life).
(4) This section applies to murder
committed before or after the commencement of this section.
(5) However, this
section does not apply where committal proceedings (or proceedings by way of
ex officio indictment) for the murder were instituted against the convicted
person before the commencement of this section. In such a case, section 19 as
in force before that commencement continues to apply.
(6) Nothing in this
section affects the prerogative of mercy.
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