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


Contempt    October 9, 2007

State of Western Australia v Paul Armstrong

The WA Court of Appeal has dismissed contempt proceedings against The West Australian and its editor Paul Armstrong over a letter to the editor. The letter had no tendency to prejudice a fair trial and the DPP provided insufficient evidence. Trial judge was too trigger happy in discharging the jury ... more


Contempt    May 24, 2007

NSW Bar Association v Nationwide News Pty Ltd & Ors

The NSW Bar Association’s attempt to prosecute Nationwide News for contempt over its coverage of former prosecutor Patrick Power’s sentencing has been adjourned. But not before its counsel, Bret walker SC, took a huge swing at The Daily Telegraph’s role as “self-appointed guardian of the need to prosecute a crime” ... more


Contempt    April 7, 2006

R v The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd

Justice Victorian-style. Bernard Bongiorno’s contempt is David Harper’s “informed and balanced” editorial. Contempt charge against Sunday Herald Sun dismissed ... more


Contempt    September 27, 2005

NSW Director of Public Prosecutions v Brown

Supreme Court judge takes a swipe at the media for “interfering with the proper administration of justice”. Nevertheless, he grants Karen Brown, the security guard charged with murder, access to the “tainted” money she was paid by The Daily Telegraph and Channel Seven ... more