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Strict liability by #casa and it’s effects

The introduction of the strict liability offences has an extremely negative effect on #ozaviation and ostensible “..we believe….” guilt of the individual. It is expensive to fight and a legal minefield for the accused.

The #asrr report goes to some correction of these effects, but the current situation leaves all pilots, operators and owners at risk of a “fine”, even if they look sideways to any extent.

This is an area that needs the immediate attention of CEO Mark Skidmore.


 

Division 6 Cases where fault elements are not required

6.1   Strict liability

             (1)  If a law that creates an offence provides that the offence is an offence of strict liability:

                     (a)  there are no fault elements for any of the physical elements of the offence; and

                     (b)  the defence of mistake of fact under section 9.2 is available.

             (2)  If a law that creates an offence provides that strict liability applies to a particular physical element of the offence:

                     (a)  there are no fault elements for that physical element; and

                     (b)  the defence of mistake of fact under section 9.2 is available in relation to that physical element.

             (3)  The existence of strict liability does not make any other defence unavailable.

6.2   Absolute liability

             (1)  If a law that creates an offence provides that the offence is an offence of absolute liability:

                     (a)  there are no fault elements for any of the physical elements of the offence; and

                     (b)  the defence of mistake of fact under section 9.2 is unavailable.

             (2)  If a law that creates an offence provides that absolute liability applies to a particular physical element of the offence:

                     (a)  there are no fault elements for that physical element; and

                     (b)  the defence of mistake of fact under section 9.2 is unavailable in relation to that physical element.

             (3)  The existence of absolute liability does not make any other defence unavailable.