Drunk and disorderly

Uninformed 12 June 2012 4

Hi all,

What are the specific laws/fines relating to drunk and disorderly behaviour in public spaces, in the ACT?

Also, how strictly are they imposed? Is it common for police to be called, say at a shopping centre, or even to some main street in the town centre, to fine/lockup drunks who are acting a bit silly?

Was very curious about this.. but can’t seem to easily find much on it (for ACT specifically) via google search.


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pink little birdie pink little birdie 11:02 am 12 Jun 12

they will usually just tell you to go home/strongly suggest your friends take you home. Unless you are by yourself then they will take you to the sober up shelter/ lock up to sober up. Unless you are being a huge douche or public nuisance then they will lock you up.

p1 p1 10:58 am 12 Jun 12

I’ve been quite drunk and fairly disorderly on one or two occasions and have never been fined or arrested. Although did come pretty close once.

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notdingers notdingers 10:17 am 12 Jun 12

You can find ACT legislation on Austlii (one of a few places)

INTOXICATED PEOPLE (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1994 – SECT 4

Looks like this is the main Act that covers it but depending on what the “drunk” is doing in a public they might be charged with a number of other offences.

Some of the cases here

Have a look at the whole Act and it might have more details on what you are looking for.

If you find a bit you are interested in, click Noteup at the top and it will show you cases that refer to that bit of the Act.

RiotFrog RiotFrog 9:49 am 12 Jun 12

Are you planning on getting in drunk in these places?

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