Section 54 Crimes Act 1900 | Cause Grievous Bodily Harm


If you’ve been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, a good first step in fighting the charges is to ensure that you fully understand how the law works.

Section 54 of the Crimes Act says that it is an offence to cause another person grievous bodily harm through some unlawful act or omission.

While the section does not provide an explicit definition of ‘grievous bodily harm,’ the law has found that it means ‘really serious harm,’ or a ‘permanent and serious disfigurement.’ Examples of grievous bodily harm include broken bones, internal organ damage and the killing of a foetus.

Although the law says that the penalty for causing someone grievous bodily harm is two years imprisonment, this is the maximum penalty and will only apply in the most serious cases.

For more information about causing grievous bodily harm, visit our offence page. 

The Legislation

Section 54 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “causing grievous bodily harm” and reads as follows:

54 Causing grievous bodily harm

Whosoever by any unlawful or negligent act, or omission, causes grievous bodily harm to any person, shall be liable to imprisonment for two years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

It can be hard to know who to turn to when you’re facing charges in relation to causing grievous bodily harm.

However, as Sydney’s leading criminal defence lawyers, you can count on us to fight for you every step of the way.

Our expert lawyers have appeared in countless “grievous bodily harm” cases and have the knowledge and skills to ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Over the years, we have developed tried and tested methods to help you win your case – by examining all the prosecution evidence to find problems with their case, and requesting to have the charges dropped.

Should your matter progress to court, we guarantee that you will be represented by one of our senior lawyers – highly respected advocates who will present your case in the most positive light.

If you simply wish to plead “guilty” and accept the charges, our criminal law specialists will fight hard to ensure that you get the best possible outcome; no matter how serious the allegations are.

In fact, with the help of the expert defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers, you may be able to avoid a conviction altogether by receiving what is known as a ‘section 10’ – where you are found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, but it is not recorded on your criminal history.

We have an outstanding track record of obtaining ‘section 10s’ for our clients in some of the most difficult grievous bodily harm cases, due to the hard work and dedication of our skilled lawyers.

So for the best defence in your grievous bodily harm case, call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference to find out how we can help you in your grievous bodily harm matter.