Disorderly Behaviour

Disorderly Behaviour

A person is guilty of an offence if they behave disorderly or offensive, or right with another person, or uses offensive language.

Summary Offence

This matter will be dealt with in the Magistrates Court of South Australia.

What the prosecution must prove

The prosecution must prove that conduct was disorderly and that you consciously and deliberately intended to act disorderly.


There are a range of possible defences including, but not limited to, the following:

  • lack of intent;
  • honest and reasonable mistake of fact.


The maximum penalty for disorderly behaviour is $1,250 fine or imprisonment for 3 months.

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