Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offence) Act 2018
What is changing?
A new law has been passed in relation to Assaults on Emergency Workers.
Until now the only specific offence of this type has been Assaulting a Police Constable in the Execution of Their Duty. This is a Summary Only offence which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment.
This offence specifically relates to Police Officer assaults only and there was no provision in law for assaults on other categories of emergency workers. Therefore, all assaults on emergency workers who are not Police Officers had to be charged under the offence of Common Assault. The fact that the person who was assaulted was an emergency worker was only able to be raised in Court as an aggravating feature.
The new legislation now provides a specific offence for assaulting anyone working in emergency services and the maximum sentence has doubled to 12 months imprisonment.
In more serious offences where it is more appropriate for a charge of ABH or GBH to be laid, then the Act also introduces a new statutory aggravating factor of assault on an emergency worker.
Who are Emergency Workers?
Emergency workers are defined at Section 3(1) of the 2018 Act as a:
How can we help?
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