High court rules NSW's anti-consorting laws valid
A NEW South Wales bikies' bid to have the state's tough anti-consorting laws deemed unconstitutional was rejected in the nation's highest court.
The full bench of the High Court, which delivered its judgment on Wednesday, ruled the laws were valid and rejected all aspects of the claim.
Under the laws it is illegal for known criminals to regularly associate with each other.
The offence attracts a maximum three-year jail sentence.
The High Court said in a statement the decision of the seven justices of the full bench was a majority one.
"The court accepted that the provision effectively burdens the implied freedom of communication about government and political matters," the statement said.
But the court found the legislation was not invalid because it was an appropriate measure to prevent crime.
The NSW Government introduced the legislation in 2012 in a bid to tackle growing violence involving bikie gangs and organised crime groups.
The High Court is currently considering a challenge to Queensland's tough anti-bikie laws.
- APN NEWSDESK.