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Committal system under review

Committal system under review

By Victorian Law Reform Commission


The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) has commenced two new inquiries looking at aspects of the judicial system. On 12 October 2018, the Attorney-General asked it to review and report on the law relating to contempt of court, the possible reform of the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 (JRPA) and the legal framework for enforcement of prohibitions or restrictions on the publication of information. A concept with ancient origins, and taking many diverse forms, contempt of court has been known to the common law for at least 800 years. With its origins in the Latin word contennere, “to treat with disdain”, its defining characteristic is “an interference with the due administration of justice, either in a particular case or more generally as a continuing process”. 1

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