A young man who Tasmania Police charged for having a ‘disorderly house’ earlier this year appeared in the Hobart Magistrates of Tasmania this week. Tasmania Police tendered no evidence, in other words dropped the charge. The man had some of his friends visiting his mothers rural northern suburb property when Tasmania Police arrived. The charge is very old and rarely used nowadays if at all. Guess they had to lay some kind of charge to justify the large attendance as we were told.
Under the Police Offences Act – Disorderly houses
(1) A person occupying or keeping any house, shop, room, place of public resort or other premises shall not –
(a) permit or suffer any breach of the peace or riotous or disorderly conduct therein;
(b) harbour prostitutes;
(c) fail to prevent men or women of notoriously bad fame or dissolute boys or girls from meeting or assembling therein; or
(d) lodge, entertain, or harbour, to the annoyance of the inhabitants, any prostitute, idle rogue or vagabond.
(1A) A person who contravenes a provision of subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding 5 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.
(2) The occupier or keeper of any such house, shop, room, or other premises shall admit any police officer thereto when required so to do.
(3) The court before whom any such offender is convicted may further order him to find security, in a sum to be fixed by the court, for his good behaviour for a period not exceeding 12 months, under a penalty not exceeding 2 penalty units, and in the event of such security not being found, may sentence the person offending to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 months.
(4) If any person is found guilty of any such offence a second time, it shall be lawful for the court, on the application of 3 householders, by warrant to order such person to be removed from the premises occupied, or kept by him, and to impose such further penalty on such offender, not exceeding 2 penalty units, as to the court may seem fit.