Section 20 Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012 | Right to Attend Hearing


The Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012 contains controversial provisions which enable a court to impose a control order upon a person in certain situations.

Control orders are court orders which can impose restrictions upon your life.

For instance, if you are the subject of a control order, you may be prevented from associating with certain people, carrying out certain activities, or travelling to certain places.

However, before a court imposes a control order, they will hold a hearing to determine whether or not a control order is justified.

Section 20 of the Act says that if you are someone to whom a control order relates, you have a right to appear at these hearings and make submissions in relation to the application.

Our expert advocates can assist you should you wish to attend a hearing by preparing and presenting compelling submissions in relation to a control order.

For more information about control orders and hearings, contact our experienced criminal defence team.

The Legislation

20 Person to whom order relates may appear at the hearing

The person to whom the control order relates may appear at the hearing of the application and make submissions in relation to the application.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Control orders can impose onerous restrictions on your life and activities; affecting your ability to associate with certain people, continue your employment, and even travel to certain places.

It is therefore important to be aware of your rights in relation to control orders.

The experienced defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers is comprised of some of the leading experts in the field of criminal law.

Our lawyers are criminal law specialists who have an in-depth understanding of the law relating to control orders.

We can assist you in understanding the possible consequences of having a control order imposed upon you, and we can help you identify any ways in which you can avoid having a control order imposed.

Should you wish to attend a hearing, we can assist by preparing compelling submissions which emphasise the reasons why a control order is unjustified.

Our persuasive advocates can appear on your behalf at these hearings and will fight hard to protect your rights and interests.

Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and speak to our experienced defence team for more information about how we can assist you.