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what are the limits of “mesira”?

What is the halacha regarding reporting a jewish person to non-jewish police/authorities? Does the nature of the crime in question (child abuse versus theft) play a role?

  • I assume you mean in a place where a beit din exists and where no mandatory-reporting laws apply? – Monica Cellio May 10 '12 at 20:04
  • @MonicaCellio those kinds of parameters should probably be outlined in an answer, I intentionally left this open-ended. – prophecy May 10 '12 at 20:17

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