Campaigning and the Law in NSW
Campaigning carries with it the risk of falling foul of the law – for example, being arrested or having defamation action taken against you. It is important to be aware of your rights and duties under the law. Being informed helps you to feel more in control, be aware of your rights, stay out of trouble or, at least, minimise the trouble you may get into.
This guide focuses on summary offences and police powers pertaining to non-violent actions, as these are the sorts of matters that campaigners (and especially environmental campaigners) are usually faced with. It also deals with police responsibilities in a campaigning context and more serious matters are also touched on, as even non-violent actions can go wrong.