Section 523 Crimes Act | Offering Shipwrecked Goods for Sale


Section 523 of the Crimes Act is the offence of Offering Shipwrecked Goods for Sale and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 523 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Offering Shipwrecked Goods for Sale’ and reads as follows:

523 Offering shipwrecked goods for sale

Whosoever offers for sale any article unlawfully taken, or reasonably suspected to have been so taken, from any vessel in distress, or wrecked, stranded, or cast on shore, and who, on being summoned before the Local Court, fails to satisfy them that he or she came lawfully by such article, or received the same without knowing or having cause to suspect that it had been so taken as aforesaid, shall be liable to imprisonment for six months, or to pay a fine of 5 penalty units, or both.

And such article shall, by the order of the Local Court, be delivered to or for the use of the owner upon payment of a reasonable reward, to be ascertained by them, to the person who seized the same.