Section 6 Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2012 | Response of Respondent


Having your group or association declared a ‘criminal organisation’ can be a frustrating and stressful experience which negatively impacts your personal and work life.

Thankfully, the law contains provisions which allow you to file a response to any applications to declare your group a ‘criminal organisation’ under the law.

Section 6 of the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act sets out the requirements of any response which you wish to make.

It must include the facts relied on to support your response, and it should be accompanies by any affidavits that you wish to rely upon at the hearing of the application.

The law also says that any response must be filed at least 5 business days before the return date set by the Court Registrar.

Making sense of the law can be difficult, and our expert criminal defence team can assist you in understanding the law and your options.

Our experienced lawyers can also help you draft and file a response to maximise your chances of avoiding a declaration.

The Legislation

6 Response by respondent

(1) The respondent may file a response to the application under this Part.

(2) The response must set out the facts relied on by the respondent in response to the application.

(3) The respondent must file the response at least 5 business days before the return date fixed by the registrar of the Court.

(4) The response must be accompanied by any affidavit the respondent intends to rely on at the hearing of the application.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers®?

If your group is subject to an application to have your group declared a ‘criminal organisation,’ there are certain steps that you can take to avoid a declaration.

The first step is generally to file a response to any application.

The expert defence team at Sydney Criminal Lawyers® can assist you in this regard by preparing compelling responses to such applications.

Our experienced criminal defence lawyers are passionate about protecting civil liberties and will go the extra mile to fight for your rights.

We can advise you of how a declaration may impact your life and activities, and can offer advice as to how to have a declaration revoked.

Take the first step in preparing a persuasive response – call us today on (02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first conference with one of our dedicated lawyers.