New South Wales Consolidated Acts
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SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT 1988 - SECT 4A
4A Offensive language
(1) A person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing
from, a public place or a school.
Maximum penalty: 6 penalty units.
(2) It is
a sufficient defence to a prosecution for an offence under this section if the
defendant satisfies the court that the defendant had a reasonable excuse for
conducting himself or herself in the manner alleged in the information for the
(3) Instead of imposing a fine on a person, the court:
(a) may make
an order under section 8 (1) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999
directing the person to perform community service work, or
(b) may make an
order under section 5 (1) of the Children (Community Service Orders) Act 1987
requiring the person to perform community service work, as the case requires.
(6) However, the maximum number of hours of community service work that a
person may be required to perform under an order in respect of an offence
under this section is 100 hours.
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