Section 307C Crimes Act | False or Misleading Documents


Section 307C of the Crimes Act is the offence of False or Misleading Documents and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 307C of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘False or Misleading Documents’ and reads as follows:

307C False or misleading documents

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person produces a document to another person, and
(b) the person does so knowing that the document is false or misleading, and
(c) the document is produced in compliance or purported compliance with a law of the State.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years, or a fine of 200 penalty units, or both.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the document is not false or misleading in a material particular.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a person who produces a document if the document is accompanied by a written statement signed by the person or, in the case of a body corporate, by a competent officer of the body corporate:
(a) stating that the document is, to the knowledge of the first-mentioned person, false or misleading in a material particular, and
(b) setting out, or referring to, the material particular in which the document is, to the knowledge of the first-mentioned person, false or misleading.

(4) The burden of establishing a matter referred to in subsection (2) or (3) lies on the accused person.