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Contempt of Court Act 1981

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Strict liability

    1. 1.The strict liability rule

    2. 2.Limitation of scope of strict liability

    3. 3.Defence of innocent publication or distribution

    4. 4.Contemporary reports of proceedings

    5. 5.Discussion of public affairs

    6. 6.Savings

    7. 7.Consent required for institution of proceedings

  3. Other aspects of law and procedure

    1. 8.Confidentiality of jury's deliberations

    2. 9.Use of tape recorders

    3. 10.Sources of information

    4. 11.Publication of matters exempted from disclosure in court

    5. 12.Offences of contempt of magistrates' courts

    6. 13.Legal aid

  4. Penalties for contempt and kindred offences

    1. 14.Proceedings in England and Wales

    2. 15.Penalties for contempt of court in Scottish proceedings

    3. 16.Enforcement of fines imposed by certain superior courts

    4. 17.Disobedience to certain orders of magistrates' courts

  5. Supplemental

    1. 18.Northern Ireland

    2. 19.Interpretation

    3. 20.Tribunals of Inquiry

    4. 21.Short title, commencement and extent

  6. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1

      Times when Proceedings are Active for Purposes of Section 2

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.In this Schedule " criminal proceedings " means proceedings against...

        2. 2.Criminal, appellate and other proceedings are active within the meaning...

      2. Criminal proceedings

        1. 3.Subject to the following provisions of this Schedule, criminal proceedings...

        2. 4.The initial steps of criminal proceedings are :—

        3. 5.Criminal proceedings are concluded— (a) by acquittal or, as the...

        4. 6.The reference in paragraph 5(a) to sentence includes any order...

        5. 8.Criminal proceedings before a court-martial or standing civilian court are...

        6. 9.Criminal proceedings in England and Wales or Northern Ireland cease...

        7. 10.Without prejudice to paragraph 5(b) above, criminal proceedings against a...

        8. 11.Criminal proceedings against a person which become active on the...

      3. Other proceedings at first instance

        1. 12.Proceedings other than criminal proceedings and appellate proceedings are active...

        2. 13.In England and Wales or Northern Ireland arrangements for the...

        3. 14.In Scotland arrangements for the hearing of proceedings to which...

      4. Appellate proceedings

        1. 15.Appellate proceedings are active from the time when they are...

        2. 16.Where, in appellate proceedings relating to criminal proceedings, the court—...

    2. Schedule 2

      Amendments

      1. Part I Legal Aid Act 1974 (c.4)

        1. 1.In section 28, after subsection (11) there shall be inserted...

      2. Part II Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1967 (c.43)

        1. 1.In section 1, in subsection (2), after "provide," there shall...

        2. 2.In section 1, after subsection (7) there shall be inserted...

      3. Part III Coroners Act 1887, County Courts Act 1959, Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 and Magistrates' Court Act 1980

        1. Coroners Act 1887 (c. 71)

          1. 1.In subsections (1) and (2) of section 19 and in...

        2. County Courts Act 1959 (c.22)

          1. 2.In section 30, in paragraph (a) of subsection (1), for...

          2. 3.In section 127, in paragraph (a) of subsection (1), for...

          3. 4.In section 144, after subsection (2) there shall be inserted...

          4. 5.In section 157, in paragraph (ii) of subsection (1), for...

        3. Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 (c.32)

          1. 6.In section 23, after subsection (1) there shall be inserted...

        4. Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c.43)

          1. 7.In section 97, in subsection (4), for the words "...

    3. Schedule 3

      Application of Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 to Civil Contempt Proceedings Under Section 63(3)

      1. 1.(1) Where the proceedings are taken of the court's own...

      2. 2.Where the proceedings are taken by way of complaint for...

      3. 3.Whether the proceedings are taken of the court's own motion...

    4. Schedule 4

      Sections 12, 13, 14 and 16 as Applied to Northern Ireland

      1. 12.(1) In the Magistrates' Courts Act (Northern Ireland) 1964 the...

      2. 13.(1) In any case where— (a) a person is liable...

      3. 14.(1) In any case where a court has power to...

      4. 16.Section 35 of the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1945...

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