Contents

Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill and commentary

Schedule 1 – Transitional, savings, and related provisions

Clause 1 – Contempt of court proceedings begun before commencement of this Act to be completed under former law

1 Contempt of court proceedings begun before commencement of this Act to be completed under former law

(1) Any contempt of court proceeding at common law that was begun before the commencement of this Act must be continued and completed, or otherwise disposed of, as if this Act had not been passed.

(2) Any contempt of court proceeding under any Act that was begun before the commencement of this Act must also be continued and completed, or otherwise disposed of, as if this Act had not been passed.

Commentary

The provisions of this Bill should only apply to proceedings that are commenced after the enactment of the Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Act. Proceedings commenced prior to enactment should continue to be determined in accordance with the law that applied at the time the proceedings were commenced.

Clause 2 – Proceedings under this Act may enforce existing court order or undertakingTop

2 Proceedings under this Act may enforce existing court order or undertaking

Section 22 is deemed to apply to any court order or undertaking of a kind described in that section that was made or given before the commencement of this Act and has not been complied with or satisfied.

Commentary

Clause 2 provides for the enforcement of certain court orders and undertakings. Clause 2 of Schedule 1 provides that such orders and undertakings may be enforced under this Bill regardless of whether they were made before the commencement of this Bill.