Section 11E Summary Offences Act – Wielding Knife in Public Place


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The Legislation

Section 11E of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Wielding Knife in Public Place and is stated below.

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11E Wielding of knives in a public place or school

(1) A person who, without reasonable excuse (proof of which lies on the person):
(a) uses a knife, or
(b) carries a knife that is visible,
in the presence of any person in a public place or a school in a manner that would be likely to cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his or her personal safety is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years.

(2) No person of reasonable firmness need actually be, or be likely to be, present at the scene.