Obstructing a Member of the Clergy is an offence under Section 56 of the Crimes Act 1900 which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison.
To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
You struck or ‘offer[ed] any violence to’ a member of the clergy or a minister while they were officiating in a place of divine worship or performing their duties in a lawful burial, at a burial place or about to do either of those things.
Alternatively, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
You used threats or force to prevent, or try to prevent, a member of the clergy, or a person authorised by a member of the clergy, from officiating in a place of divine worship or performing his or her duties in a lawful burial at a burial place.
Defences to the charge include:
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