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Contempt Articles from 2008
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Contempt    December 9, 2008  
R v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd

The Supreme Court of Victoria dismisses contempt charges brought against the Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail over their reporting of the “Benbrika terrorists” committal hearing. Suppression orders in Victoria do not apply to publication outside Victoria, says Justice Philip Mandie ... more

Contempt    September 29, 2008  
Alan Howe & Ors v Peter Harvey, DPP v Christopher Tinkler & Ors

Victoria’s Court of Appeal dismisses appeals by Channel Seven and the Sunday Herald Sun over their convictions for identifying a 14-year boy who had “divorced” his parents. Sunrise co-presenter David Koch stays off the hook ... more

Contempt    August 25, 2008  
R v The Age Company Ltd, Andrew Jaspan & Fairfax Digital Ltd

Victorian Supreme Court Justice Emilios Kyrou follows his decision in R v The Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd and fines The Age $10,000 for a “similar” contempt brought about by “a serious, albeit inadvertent error” ... more

Contempt    July 18, 2008  
R v Herald & Weekly Times Pty Ltd and Peter Blunden

Graphic illustration of contempt. The Herald Sun fined $10,000 for publishing details of a so-called Melbourne “gangland” murder during an accused man’s trial. Justice Emilios Kyrou finds the pressure of deadlines no excuse ... more

Contempt    July 2, 2008  
R v Purdie & The Advocate Newspaper Pty Ltd

Tasmania’s The Advocate fined $5000 over “unintentional” contempt committed by experienced court reporter. Supreme Court Justice Pierre Slicer finds the paper’s “lapses of judgment or taste” irrelevant to the penalty ... more

Contempt    June 30, 2008  
R v Sammut & WIN Television Vic Pty Ltd

Regional broadcaster WIN Television fined $50,000 for contempt over news report of a criminal trial. Justice Hartley Hansen finds Gippsland bureau chief Anita Sammut was “careless”, but not “reckless” ... more

Contempt    March 3, 2008  
Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth) v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd & Elisabeth Sexton

Another victory for Fairfax as NSW Supreme Court Justice Rod Howie dismisses contempt charges against The Sydney Morning Herald and one of its most respected journalists, Elisabeth Sexton. Howie says publishers should pay, nonetheless ... more

Contempt    January 9, 2008  
R v Herald & Weekly Times Ltd

The Crown has failed to have contempt charges brought against the Herald & Weekly Times and Herald Sun editor Peter Blunden over two court reports which were not fair, but which could not be proved to prejudice a fair trial ... more

Contempt    January 5, 2008  
R v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to four charges of contempt relating to reports of court proceedings in regional Victoria. Justice Harper finds the court was also at fault in failing to follow it’s own protocol ... more