CONTEMPT OF COURT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT
Arrangement of Sections
1. Short title
2. Innocent publication and distribution of any matter calculated to interfere with the course of justice
3. Publication of information relating to court proceedings in private
4. Restriction on publication of matrimonial proceedings
to amend the law relating to contempt of court and to restrict the publication of the details of certain proceedings and for purposes connected therewith.
[4th June, 1965]
Act 32 of 1965,
Act 32 of 1967,
Act 13 of 1994.
This Act may be cited as the Contempt of Court (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.
(1) A person shall not be guilty of contempt of court on the ground that he has published any matter calculated to interfere with the course of justice in connection with any proceedings pending or imminent at the time of publication if at that time (having taken all reasonable care) he did not know and had no reason to suspect that the proceedings were pending, or that such proceedings were imminent, as the case may be.
(2) A person shall not be guilty of contempt of court on the ground that he has distributed a publication containing such matter as is mentioned in sub-section (1) if at the time of distribution (having taken all reasonable care) he did not know that it contained any such matter as aforesaid and had no reason to suspect that it was likely to do so.
(3) The proof of any fact tending to establish a defence afforded by this section to any person in proceedings for contempt of court shall lie upon that person.
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