Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Know the Law

Do you know the law?

This week we take a look at some of the weirder laws that still apply in South Australia, contained in the summary offences act of 1953 and available online through the SA Government law website
Summary Offences Act 1953:

21—Permitting premises to be frequented by thieves etc
(1) A person who—
(a) is the occupier of premises frequented by reputed thieves, prostitutes, persons
without lawful means of support or persons of notoriously bad character; or
(b) is, without reasonable excuse, in premises frequented by any such persons,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $750.

47—Interference with homing pigeons
(1) A person who—
(a) without lawful authority, kills, injures or takes any homing pigeon; or (b) enters upon any land for the purpose of killing, injuring or taking any homing
pigeon without lawful authority,
is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $250.
(2) Upon the conviction of a person for an offence against subsection (1), the court may
order the convicted person to pay to the owner of the pigeon killed, injured or taken in
contravention of that subsection a sum equal to the value of that pigeon.
(3) It is a defence to a charge of killing, injuring or taking a homing pigeon contrary to
subsection (1) to prove that the defendant was the owner or occupier of improved or
cultivated land, or a person acting under the instructions of any such owner or
occupier, and killed, injured or took the pigeon while it was actually upon that land or
any building on that land.
(4) In this section—
homing pigeon means a pigeon having a ring affixed or attached to either or both legs;
take includes to ensnare or catch.

50—Unlawfully ringing doorbells

A person who, without reasonable excuse, disturbs another by wilfully pulling or
ringing the doorbell of a house or by knocking at the door of a house is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $250.

56—Depositing or leaving dead animals in streets etc
A person who deposits the carcass of an animal, or leaves the carcass of an animal,
belonging to the person upon—
(a) a street, road or other thoroughfare; or
(b) a public park or reserve; or
(c) land or premises abutting any such place as is mentioned in paragraph (a) or
to the annoyance of persons in any such place, land or premises is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: $750.

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