New South Wales Consolidated Acts
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SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT 1988 - SECT 4A
4A Offensive language
(1) A person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing
from, a public place or a school.
Maximum penalty: 6 penalty units.
(2) It is
a sufficient defence to a prosecution for an offence under this section if the
defendant satisfies the court that the defendant had a reasonable excuse for
conducting himself or herself in the manner alleged in the information for the
(3) Instead of imposing a fine on a person, the court:
(a) may make
a community correction order under section 8 of the Crimes (Sentencing
Procedure) Act 1999 that is subject to the standard conditions of a community
correction order and to a community service work condition (despite the
offence not being punishable by imprisonment), or
(b) may make an order under
section 5 (1) of the Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987 requiring
the person to perform community service work, as the case requires.
However, the maximum number of hours of community service work that a person
may be required to perform under an order in respect of an offence under this
section is 100 hours.
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