Going to Court? Book Your Free First Appointment

Saved Pages

Save pages and articles you’re most interested in to read later on.


Urging Violence Against Groups

Urging Violence against Groups is an offence under Section 80.2A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) which carries a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You intentionally urged another or others to use force or violence against a group
  2. You intended the force or violence to be carried out
  3. The targeted person is distinguished by race, religion, nationality, national or ethnic origin or political opinion, and
  4. The use of force or violence would threaten the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth

The maximum penalty is 5 years if the prosecution fails to prove last ‘element’.

You are not guilty of the offence if you acted in ‘good faith’, which includes:

  1. Pointing out matters that produce, or have a tendency to produce, feelings of ill-will or hostility between different groups, in order to bring about the removal of those matters, or
  2. Publishing a report or commentary about a matter of public interest

The onus is on you to establish the defence ‘on the balance of probabilities’.

Other defences to the charge include:

  1. Self defence
  2. Duress, and
  3. Necessity

What Our Clients Say SEE ALL

  • ★★★★★

    He will not disappoint you!

    I can't thank Jason enough for helping my son in his matter. Thank you Jason…

  • ★★★★★

    A non-conviction in a traffic case!

    Kent done a fabulous job, helped me to get a non-conviction in a traffic case!!

  • ★★★★★

    Others told me it would be a waste of time

    I highly recommend the services of Jason Koh from Sydney Criminal Lawyers. He obtained a…

  • ★★★★★

    A highly capable lawyer

    I highly recommend Kent Part for anyone in need of a criminal lawyer. He was…

Going to Court? Call For Your Free First Appointment

Main Menu

Follow Us

Search Our Site enter search term and press GO

Saved Articles & Pages

APPOINTMENT BOOKING FORM * mandatory fields

Preferred date for conference
Preferred time for conference
Briefly describe your situation:
Do you have a court date?

Your Review & Rating * mandatory fields

Review Text *
Rating (optional)