Executive summary

Overview of recommended reforms

16To reform the law, the Law Commission is recommending a new statute to be called The Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Act containing replacement offences, new enforcement provisions and new processes for them.

17To ensure courts retain all powers necessary to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice, however, the Act will not codify the law completely. The High Court will retain a residual authority to deal with any conduct not covered by the Act. This will reinforce the constitutional independence of the courts and the judiciary and will uphold the rule of law.

18A draft Bill implementing these reforms in clear modern language is included in our Report, together with commentary on the Bill’s provisions.