Consorting appeal headed to the High Court

The NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, announced he has been successful in an application to have a legal challenge to the state's consorting laws heard in the High Court.

The consorting laws impose a penalty of up to three years imprisonment where a person habitually consorts with convicted offenders and continues to consort with those convicted offenders after having been given an official warning by police.

Late 2013, the NSW Court of Appeal put on hold the hearing of a challenge to this law by three offenders who had been charged under it, pending the outcome of another case in the High Court which dealt with a similar constitutional issue.

The court heard the case was now likely to be listed for hearing in May.

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