Saturday, 1 October 2011

Contempt of Courts Bill-2011 placed in JS

The Contempt of Courts Bill- 2011 was introduced in the Jatiya Sangsad Tuesday with a proposal for making provision of defining specifically the contempt of court, reports BSS.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed placed the bill in the House with the aim of reframing the Contempt of Court Act-1926 by scrapping it and bringing some amendments to the law.

The proposed bill has a provision of not considering innocent publications or their distributions as the contempt of courts if there are no logical reasons for believing that the matters are under disposal by any court.

Besides, it would not be considered as the contempt of court if any matter relating to civil and criminal proceedings is published or distributed which was not under disposal by any court during the publication.

However, the provision would not be applicable if it violates the existing laws regarding publication and printing of books.

The bill also proposed not to consider as the contempt of courts if unbiased and objective news is published on any proceedings of of the courts or its any part, final decision and elements of the concerned case.

Besides, no person could be convicted of the contempt of courts if he or she makes statement or comments in good faith about the presiding judges of the lower courts to other lower courts or the Supreme Court.

The bill also proposed not considering as the contempt of courts the disclosure of information about the trial process at chamber or closed-door rooms excepting some cases. 

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