Attorney Cara Shillingford says Salisbury matter granted stay due to challenge of constitutionality of the Riot Act
Attorney Cara Shillingford representing 52 residents of Salisbury who were charged under the riot act for protest action taken in May & June 2015, has filed a constitutional motion challenging the constitutionality of the Riot Act.
The Attorney announced to media that a stay was granted by the High Court Judge, and that one of the grounds mentioned in the defence of the 52 persons charged, was section 4 under the Riot Act.
Shillingford says section 4 of the act is vague and ambiguous, and contravenes the rule of law. Additionally, Section 6 under the Riot Act passed in 1897, permits ordinary persons during a riot to mame, hurt and kill persons in the riot.
On these grounds, she says the next step in this court matter is to invite submissions from council, to determine whether the defendants request to have the case struck out, should be granted.
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