Discussion paper

Contempt of court: consultation paper

Contempt of court Courts Victoria

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (the Commission) has been asked to review and report on the law relating to contempt of court, the possible reform of the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 (Vic) and the legal framework for enforcement of prohibitions or restrictions on the publication of information.

The law of contempt of court is concerned with the protection of the proper administration of justice by empowering the courts at common law to punish conduct that interferes with the due administration of justice, either in a particular case or more generally as a continuing process. Such conduct may be by a party to a proceeding, a person with official duties in connection with the proceeding, a member of the public attending the court, a person reporting or commenting on proceedings, or anyone else whose actions obstruct or undermine the administration of justice.

Related Information

Contempt of court: report https://apo.org.au/node/307653

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