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CRIMINAL CODE 1899 - SECT 22
Ignorance of the law—bona fide claim of right
22 Ignorance of the law—bona fide claim of right
(1) Ignorance of the law does not afford any excuse for an act or omission
which would otherwise constitute an offence, unless knowledge of the law by
the offender is expressly declared to be an element of the offence.
(2) But a
person is not criminally responsible, as for an offence relating to property,
for an act done or omitted to be done by the person with respect to any
property in the exercise of an honest claim of right and without intention to
(3) A person is not criminally responsible for an act or omission
done or made in contravention of a statutory instrument if, at the time of
doing or making it, the statutory instrument was not known to the person and
had not been published or otherwise reasonably made available or known to the
public or those persons likely to be affected by it.
(4) In this section—
(a) in relation to a statutory instrument that is subordinate
legislation—means notify in accordance with section 47 (Notification) of
the Statutory Instruments Act 1992 ; and
(b) in relation to a statutory
instrument that is not subordinate legislation—means publish in the gazette.
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