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Public Nuisance Offences in Queensland
Following successful trials in both South Brisbane and Townsville, there has been a change to the way Queensland Police can deal with public nuisance offences. At the police officers’ discretion they are now able to issue an Infringement Notice for certain public nuisance offences. Therefore there will be no requirement for the person to attend court, and if they pay the fine there will be no criminal conviction recorded.
The ability for police officers to issue an Infringement Notice provides an additional option for these minor good order offences. It will also place less demand on the court system and the police.