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Contents (1900 - 40)
Crimes Act 1900 No 40
Current version for 2 July 2018 to date (accessed 17 July 2018 at 09:58)
Part 3 Division 5
Division 5 Suicide
31A   Suicide and attempt to commit suicide
The rule of law that it is a crime for a person to commit, or to attempt to commit, suicide is abrogated.
31B   Survivor of suicide pact
(1)  The survivor of a suicide pact shall not be guilty of murder or manslaughter but may be guilty of an offence under section 31C.
(2)  In this section, suicide pact means a common agreement between 2 or more persons having for its object the death of all of them, whether or not each is to take his or her own life, but nothing done by a person who enters into a suicide pact shall be treated as being done by the person in pursuance of the pact unless it is done while the person has the settled intention of dying in pursuance of the pact.
(3)  The onus of proving the existence of a suicide pact shall lie with the accused person on the balance of probabilities.
31C   Aiding etc suicide
(1)  A person who aids or abets the suicide or attempted suicide of another person shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
(2)  Where:
(a)  a person incites or counsels another person to commit suicide, and
(b)  that other person commits, or attempts to commit, suicide as a consequence of that incitement or counsel,
the firstmentioned person shall be liable to imprisonment for 5 years.