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NSW Ombudsman - Consorting Issues Paper - Review of the...

NSW Ombudsman - Consorting Issues Paper - Review of the use of the consorting provisions by the NSW Police Force - Division 7 Part 3A of the Crimes Act 1900 - November 2013

Did you know ‘Consorting’ is an offence in NSW?

Habitually consorting with 'convicted offenders is an 'indictable’* offence punishable by up to three years imprisonment and/or a $16 500 fine. A 'convicted offender’ is defined as a person previously convicted of an indictable offence. The provisions are contained in Division 7, Part 3A of the Crimes Act 1900.

Consorting includes face to face contact and other means of communication such as electronic media. The provisions are being used by the NSW Police Force to address organised criminal activity and local crime issues.

NSW Ombudsman’s Consorting Issues Paper Summary

* Indictable offence - relatively serious offences are classified as ‘indictable’ under the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW). These are offences such as murder, armed robbery, sexual assault, arson and drug trafficking.

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