Victoria needs a new Contempt of Court Act to define different types of contempt and make the law clearer and fairer in the online era, according to this report published in 2020 by the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
The law of contempt of court protects public confidence in the courts and is essential to the rule of law. But it is outdated, confusing, and needs reform.
Online publishing and social media have changed the way people access and share information, but the courts have not kept up.
The VLRC has recommended contempt of court law reform to modernise the law, taking into account developments in communication technology.