Perverting the Course of

Justice Offences

Lawyers NSW

What is a Perverting the Course of Justice?

The offence of Perverting the Course of Justice is an extremely serious offence.

It involves numerous types of actions that are considered as attacks on the judicial system and a total disregard regard for the authority of the Rule of Law in NSW. It can include actions such as lying to authorities and the Court, and will often lead to penalties of full time custody.  It can also include the intended interference with an investigation of a serious offence through the concealment of evidence or the purposeful fabrication of false information to authorities, with the purpose of interfering and disrupting the administration of justice.  


Perverting the Course of Justice & The Law


Perverting the Course of Justice is an offence under Section 319 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).


Examples of Perverting the Course of Justice:

  • Lying in court

  • Lying in Statements given to Police

  • Physically or verbally threatening a witness, juror or judge

  • Disposing of evidence

What the Prosecution need to Prove (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt):

  • The accused acted in such a way to with intention to pervert the course of justice

  • The accused failed to act in such a way as to purposefully pervert the course of justice


Going to Court – “What am I looking at?”

This offence is treated seriously by the Court and is strictly indictable which means that the matter must be dealt with before a Judge in the District court, and can carry a maximum penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.

Lawyer Call – here to help..


At Lawyer Call, we understand that if you or a loved one has been charged with Perverting the Course of Justice, you may be feeling anxious and worried about what will happen next.


Contact our office today, and rest assured you are in experienced and capable hands, working with expert lawyers with a proven track record of great results. On many occasions ,this offence is hard to defend due to overwhelming Police evidence.


We understand the intricacies of conducting powerful pleas before a Magistrate, where should you wish to plead guilty, our solicitors have in-depth preparation in gathering and analysing specific medical and supporting documentation to assist the case and present the best possible submissions before a Magistrate or a Judge for a more lenient sentence.


At every stage of this process, our lawyers will provide useful legal advice, strong representation in Court, masterful negotiation skills with Police and continuous personal support for you and your family throughout this trying time.


Our Online Legal Conferencing Service, together with our dedicated correspondence and face to face consultations are just only some of the reasons Lawyer Call is the Legal Team you want on your side.

Being charged with Perverting the Course of Justice can be daunting due to the seriousness of the charge, and the implications this could have on your life, family and future aspirations. At Lawyer Call, we seek to understand the exact details of the incident first and foremost.


If you have been charged with offence, please call our office immediately on 1300 LAW 111.






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