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.

The Commission delivered its report on 28 February 2020. It was tabled in Parliament and published on 4 August 2020. Download the report here.

 

Other documents including the consultation paper and submissions can be viewed by following the links below.

Want a quick overview of the laws of contempt? Listen to our podcast explainer. 

 

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Current: Table in parliament

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Contempt of Court report - Executive summary (pdf)

The VLRC's Contempt of Court report was tabled in Parliament on 4 August 2020.

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Contempt of Court report (pdf and Word)

The VLRC's Contempt of Court report was tabled on 4 August 2020.

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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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