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This article was written by Michelle Makela - Legal Practice Director

Michelle has over 15 years experience in the legal industry, working across commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning.  Michelle has been involved in all practice areas of the firm and in her personal practice has had experience in litigation at all levels (state and federal industrial tribunals, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, Federal...

Minor Theft


Minor theft is an alternative charge to theft. Minor theft is appropriately laid where the value of the property allegedly involved is $2000 or less.

The maximum penalty for minor theft is a fine of 50 penalty units and/or six months’ imprisonment.

The elements of minor theft, what the police must prove and the possible defences are the same as for theft.

As the maximum penalty is only six months’ imprisonment, minor theft is a “summary-only” matter and will be heard in the Magistrates Court.

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