From Hard Labour to Spies v The Queen: Prosecuting Corporate Officers Under the Crimes Act

Australian Law Journal, Vol. 75, p. 479, 2001

31 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2007

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Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Abstract

While the Australian Corporations Law appears to provide a comprehensive scheme for the criminal liability of directors, officers and auditors of corporations, State Crimes Acts have significant offences directly aimed at corporate officer wrongdoing. This article provides a detailed analysis of the elements of these offences, with a concentration on the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and the High Court decision of Spies v The Queen (2000) 74 ALJR 1263. The article also places the offences in their historical context and examines the degree of use of the offences.

Keywords: directors offences, corporate crime, white collar crime

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Steel, Alex, From Hard Labour to Spies v The Queen: Prosecuting Corporate Officers Under the Crimes Act. Australian Law Journal, Vol. 75, p. 479, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030228

Alex Steel (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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