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

In October 2018, the Victorian Law Reform Commission was 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.  We are currently considering all types of contempt in our review, including:

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

As an early part of the inquiry process, we published a consultation paper in May 2019, including a call for submissions. Submissions have now closed and are published here. The Attorney-General's original reporting date of 31 December 2019 was extended and the Commission will now deliver its report on 28 February 2020. 

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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.

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Current: Final report

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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 published a consultation paper before seeking public submissions on its review of the law of contempt of court....

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Contempt of Court: Consultation Paper (html)

The Victorian Law Reform Commission published this consultation paper in May 2019, seeking input on its review of the law of contempt of court. The...

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

On 12 October 2018, the Victorian Law Reform Commission was asked to review the law relating to contempt of court and report back to the Attorney-...

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