LIQUOR LICENCE ACT 1974
Opening and closing of licensed premises
The holder of a licence is entitled to keep the licensed premises open or closed for
business throughout the permitted hours on any day, or to keep them open or closed for
business at any time during those hours on any day, as he deems fit.
[Section 50 repealed and replaced by 1998:9 effective 15 May 1998]
Power to close licensed premises on occurrence of riot etc
Any justice of the peace, when any riot or tumult occurs, or on credible information
on oath that any riot or tumult is likely or is reasonably expected to occur, may order any licensed person or his servant or agent carrying on business at or near the place where such riot or tumult is occurring, or is expected to occur, to close his licensed premises and to keep the premises closed as long as the justice considers to be reasonably necessary for the preservation of the public peace; and such licensed person or his servant or other person on his behalf shall be bound to obey such order without any appeal therefrom, and if he
neglects or fails to do so, he commits an offence:
Punishment on summary conviction: a fine of $500.
Power of police to close licensed premises for a period not exceeding 24 hours
(1) A police officer of the rank of superintendent or above, may, upon reasonable
belief that any serious disorder or threat to public safety has occurred, is likely to occur or is reasonably expected to occur on a licensed premises or near a licensed premises, order any licensed person, his servant or his agent carrying on business at or near the licensed premises where such serious disorder or threat to public safety has occurred, is likely to occur or is expected to occur, to close the licensed premises and any place of business of the licensed person, his servant or agent near the licensed premises, for a period not
exceeding 24 hours, for the preservation of public peace.
(2) A licensed person, his servant or agent who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
[Section 51A inserted by 2010 : 29 s. 7 effective 1 June 2010]
Maintenance of order at meeting of licensing authority
(1) If any person at any meeting of the licensing authority for the purpose of
hearing applications for the grant or transfer of licences is guilty of any violent, offensive, disorderly or insulting conduct towards the licensing authority or any member thereof, or any other person present, or so as to disturb or impede the transaction of business, he
commits an offence:
Punishment on summary conviction: a fine of $50 , and it shall be lawful for the licensing authority to order and cause him to be excluded from the room or premises during such meeting; and it shall be the duty of any police officer present to enforce or assist in enforcing such order and to use such force as may be required for the purpose.
(2) If such person, after being excluded, returns into the room or premises during such meeting without the previous permission of the licensing authority, he commits an offence: