Contempt of Court, Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 and Enforcement Processes

12 October 2018 - the Victorian Law Reform 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 and the legal framework for enforcement of prohibitions or restrictions on the publication of information.  

The Commission will consider all types of contempt in its review, including:

  • contempt in the face of the court;
  • sub judice contempt;
  • contempt by publication;
  • juror contempt; and
  • contempt by scandalising the court.

A consultation paper was published in May 2019, including a call for submissions. It is available as a pdf and a Word file. See the links below.

Submissions have now closed.

The Commission is to report by 31 December 2019.  

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The Law Report - Contempt of Court

The VLRC's Anna Beesley was interviewed by Damien Carrick of the ABC's The Law Report for an episode on contempt of court. Listen to The Law Report on Radio National.

Timeline

Current: Reference

Full timeline:

Reference
Consultation
Submissions
Final report
Tabled in parliament
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Project Publications

Contempt of court: Submissions

The Commission received the following submissions to its review of Contempt of Court and the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958. See the links...

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Contempt of Court: Consultation Paper (pdf and Word)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has published a consultation paper seeking input on its review of the law of contempt of court. The Commission...

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Contempt of Court, Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 and Enforcement Processes: Terms of Reference

[Referral to the Victorian Law Reform Commission pursuant to section 5(1)(a) of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 (Vic) on 12 October 2018...

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