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NSW When Does Statute of Limitations Start for Summary Offences?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Yalai, 2 June 2016.

  1. Yalai

    Yalai Member

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    I know that there is a statute of limitations for summary offences in NSW, which is 6 months ( criminal procedure act 1986-Section 179), but I'm still wondering if:

    1.The time runs from when someone committed offence

    or

    2.The time runs from when the police know that someone committed offence? (arrest,report,etc)

    Some lawyers say 1 is right but some say 2 is right.but I think If 2 is right, it means if someone stole a bread 30 years ago, and if the bread shopowner reported to the police now with evidence, he or she still can be charged.

    Just an example.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Tim W

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    What's the background to your question ?
    (nobody ever "just wonders" about something so arcane)
     
  3. Yalai

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    I had interview in police sation for use of cannabis which I did 6 years ago.
     
  4. Tim W

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    If you've already been interviewed then you should think seriously about getting formal legal advice.
     

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