Order in Public Places (Amendment) Act 2010

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ORDER IN PUBLIC PLACES
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ORDER IN PUBLIC PLACES (AMENDMENT) ACT
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Arrangement of Sections
Section

1 Short Title .................................................................................................... 5
2 Section 3 amended ..................................................................................... 5
3 New Sections 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D........................................................................ 5


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ORDER IN PUBLIC PLACES (AMENDMENT) ACT
2010

Act No. 30 of 2010

AN ACT TO AMEND THE ORDER IN PUBLIC PLACES ACT

I assent,
GEORGE TUPOU V,
20th September 2010.


BE IT ENACTED by the King and the Legislative Assembly of Tonga in the Legislature
of the Kingdom as follows:
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1 Short Title

(1) This Act may be cited as the Order in Public Places (Amendment) Act 2010.

(2) The Order in Public Places Act (Cap 37), as amended, is in this Act referred
to as the Principal Act.

2 Section 3 amended

Section 3 of the Principal Act is amended by deleting “$100” and substituting it with
“$1000” and deleting ‘4” and substituting it with “12”.

3 New Sections 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D

The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following sections:






Section 3 Order in Public Places (Amendment) Act 2010





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“6A Power to make orders for intoxicating liquor control purposes

(1) The Minister for Police may make an order for the purpose of
prohibiting or otherwise regulating or controlling, either
generally or for one or more specified periods,—

(a) the consumption of liquor in a public place;

(b) the bringing of liquor into a public place;

(c) the possession of liquor in a public place; and

(d) in conjunction with a prohibition relating to liquor under
paragraphs (a) to (c), the presence or use of a vehicle in a
public place.

(2) An order made under this section does not prohibit, in the case of
liquor in an unopened bottle or other unopened container,—

(a) the transport of that liquor from premises that adjoin a
public place during any period when, under the
Intoxicating Liquor Act, it is lawful to sell liquor on those
premises for consumption off the premises, provided the
liquor is promptly removed from the public place;

(b) the transport of that liquor from outside a public place for
delivery to premises that adjoin the public place, provided
the premises are licensed for the sale of liquor under the
Intoxicating Liquor Act;

(c) the transport of that liquor from outside a public place to
premises that adjoin a public place—

(i) by, or for delivery to, a resident of those premises or
by his bona fide visitors; or

(ii) from those premises to a place outside the public
place by a resident of those premises, provided the
liquor is promptly removed from the public place.



6B Powers of arrest, search, and seizure in relation to orders for liquor
control in public place

(1) A police officer may, without warrant,—

(a) for the purpose of ascertaining whether liquor is present,
search—

(i) any person;

(ii) a container in the possession of a person whois in,
or entering, a public place; or

(iii) a vehicle that is in, or is entering, a public place;

(b) seize and remove liquor and its container if the liquor is in
a public place in breach of a order:

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(c) arrest a person whom the police officer finds committing
an offence: and

(d) arrest a person who has refused to comply with a request
by a police officer to leave the public place or to surrender
to a police officer the liquor that, in breach of a order, is in
that person's possession.

(2) Intoxicating liquor or a container seized under sub-section (1)(b) shall
be forfeited to the Crown if the person from whom the liquor or
container is seized is convicted of breaching the ord r.



6C Conditions relating to power of search

(1) Before exercising the power of search under section 6B in relation to a
container or a vehicle, a police officer must—

(a) inform the person in possession of the container or the vehicle, as
the case may be, that he has the opportunity of removing the
container or the vehicle from the public place; and

(b) provide the person with a reasonable opportunity to remove the
container or the vehicle, as the case may be, from the public
place.

(2) On specified dates or in relation to specified vents, notified in
accordance with sub-section (3), a police officer may, immediately and
without further notice, exercise the power under section 6B to search a
container or a vehicle.

(3) Before a police officer may exercise the power of search under sub-
section (2), the Minister shall —

(a) specify the public place where, and the period when, this power
may be exercised by the Police by public notice given 14 days in
advance; and

(b) indicate the location of the public place by one or more clearly
legible notices affixed in one or more conspicuous places on, or
adjacent to, the place to which the notice relates, unless it is
impracticable or unreasonable to do so.

(4) Sub-section (2) only applies if the police officer is authorised to
exercise that power by an order made under section 6A.



6D Breach of section 6A order

Every person who breaches an order made under section 6A commits an
offence and is punishable by a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment for
a term not exceeding 2 years.”.



Passed by the Legislative Assembly on this 2nd day of September 2010.

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