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NSW Trains and Trespassing Laws?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Toqual, 17 January 2015.

  1. Toqual

    Toqual Well-Known Member

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    Which statute and section addresses trespassing? Is it a criminal law offence?

    To be specific, trespass into restricted areas of trains etc.
     
  2. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi Toqual,

    Trespass is both a criminal and civil (private) offence. In short, you can be sued by an individual (usually the owner) and the state/police.

    Trespass is an offence against property, meaning that you have interfered with the rights of the owner or rightful possessor without their permission.

    - Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 (NSW) sections 4 and 4A: it is an offence to enter into enclosed lands without a lawful excuse and without the owner's permission
    - Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) section 89: it is an offence to trespass onto commonwealth land
    - Public Order Act 1971 (Cth) section 11 and 12: it is an offence to enter into or obstruct commonwealth or territory property

    If you trespass into restricted private land, you may be committing a civil tort, in addition to one of the criminal offences above, as well as breaching a contractual term (e.g. where you purchase a ticket to enter into a transport area and there are terms attached to that ticket).
     
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  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    There are a number offences in the Passenger Transport Regulation 2007 (NSW).

    Specific offences relating to parts of a train vehicle are in part 68 of the Regulation.
    Specific offences relating to railway land are in part 65.

    What has this particular friend done that they ask you this question?

    It may also be useful to know that Australian Road Rule 235 is
    in play for pedestrians at level crossings.
     
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  4. Toqual

    Toqual Well-Known Member

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    Anyone going to offer the defences to trespass?? or is it all just persecutory prosecutions here?

    'Claim of Right'?

    'Reasonable Excuse'?

    'Mistake of Fact'?
     

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