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Penalty for Perverting the Course of Justice | Section 319 Crimes Act NSW

The maximum penalty for the offence of “perverting the course of justice” is 14 years in prison.

According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:

  • Prison: 48.7%
  • Intensive Correction Order: 29.5%
  • Community Correction Order: 15.4%
  • Conditional Release Order with Conviction: 5.1%
  • Fine Only: 1.3%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 14 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 7 months in prison.

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