CRIMES ACT 1914

Part IV - Piracy  

SECTION 55   Written consent of Attorney-General required  

(1)  
A prosecution for an offence against this Part requires the consent of the Attorney-General.

(2)  
Despite subsection (1):


(a) a person may be arrested for an offence referred to in subsection (1), and a warrant for such an arrest may be issued and executed; and


(b) a person may be charged with such an offence; and


(c) a person so charged may be remanded in custody or on bail;

but no further step in the proceedings referred to in subsection (1) is to be taken until the Attorney-General's consent has been given.

(3)  
Nothing in subsection (2) prevents the discharge of the accused if proceedings are not continued within a reasonable time.




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