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INFRINGEMENTS ACT 2006 - SECT 40

Decision to go to Court—lodgeable infringement offences

S. 40(1) amended by No. 32/2006 s. 22(1).

    (1)     If a person elects under this Part to have the matter of a lodgeable infringement offence heard and determined in the Court or an enforcement agency refers a matter in respect of a lodgeable infringement offence to the Court under this Part—

        (a)     the enforcement agency must lodge with the Court the prescribed information in respect of—

              (i)     the offender; and

              (ii)     the infringement offence; and

              (iii)     the enforcement agency; and

S. 40(1)(b) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 70.7).

        (b)     the prescribed information lodged under paragraph (a) is deemed to be a charge-sheet, filed with the Court, charging the offence in respect of which the infringement notice was served; and

        (c)     the Court must—

S. 40(1)(c)(i) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 70.8).

              (i)     allocate a time and place of the hearing of the charge; and

              (ii)     return the hearing details referred to in subparagraph (i) to the enforcement agency for service on the person who was served with the infringement notice; and

        (d)     at least 14 days prior to the hearing date, the enforcement agency must serve the details referred to in paragraphs (a) and (c)(i) on the person who was served with the infringement notice.

    (2)     Service under subsection (1)(d) may be by post to the person who was served with the infringement notice at the address—

        (a)     provided by the person on whom the infringement notice was served; or

        (b)     on the infringement notice; or

        (c)     on the penalty reminder notice.

Note to s. 40(2) amended by No. 32/2006 s. 22(2).

Note

The Magistrates' Court Act 1989 applies to the enforcement of infringement offences that are not lodgeable infringement offences.

S. 40(3) amended by Nos 9/2008 s. 14, 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 70.9).

    (3)     Subject to section 40A, without limiting any other powers of the Court, the Court may proceed to hear and determine the matter of a lodgeable infringement offence even though a charge-sheet has not been served on the person who was served with the infringement notice.

Note to s. 40(3) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 70.10).

Note

See also sections 80 and 85 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2009 .

S. 40(4) inserted by No. 32/2006 s. 22(3), amended by Nos 48/2006 s. 42(Sch. item 18.4), 18/2010 s. 41, 64/2010 s. 58(1).

    (4)     This section does not apply to an infringement offence alleged to have been committed by a child and the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 applies in respect of such an infringement offence.

Note to s. 40(4) inserted by No. 64/2010 s. 58(2).

Note

See section 344A of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 and clause 17 of Schedule 3 to that Act for time limits applying to infringement offences in relation to children.

S. 40AA inserted by No. 18/2010 s. 42, repealed by No. 64/2010 s. 59.

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S. 40A inserted by No. 9/2008 s. 15, amended by No. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 70.11).



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