Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986

Public Act
 
1986 No 33
Date of assent
 
11 July 1986
Commencement
 
see section 1(2)
1 Short Title and commencement

(1)

This Act may be cited as the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986.

(2)

This Act shall come into force on the 28th day after the date on which it receives the Governor-General’s assent.

Amendments of Crimes Act 1961

2 Act to be read with Crimes Act 1961

This Act shall be read together with and deemed part of the Crimes Act 1961 (hereinafter referred to as “the principal Act”).

7 Past offences

(1)

No person shall be liable to be convicted of an offence against any of sections 140, 141, or 142 of the principal Act committed before the commencement of this Act if the act that constituted the offence does not constitute an offence after the commencement of this Act.

(2)

Subject to subsection (1), where, before the commencement of this Act, any person has been charged with any offence against section 140 or section 141 or section 142 of the principal Act, the proceedings in respect of the charge shall continue as if this Act had not been passed, except that—

(a)

where the person is charged with an offence against section 141 of the principal Act and the charge relates to a boy of or over the age of 12 years and under the age of 16 years, he shall be entitled to raise any defence that he would have been entitled to raise if the charge had been brought under section 140A of the principal Act (as substituted by section 3 of this Act); and

(b)

where the person is charged with an offence against section 142 of the principal Act, he shall be entitled to raise any defence that he would have been entitled to raise if the charge had been brought under section 142 of the principal Act (as substituted by section 5 of this Act).