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(Mar 02, 2008) On March 3, the Council of Advisers of the caretaker government of Bangladesh approved a draft law, the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2008, which is intended to remove confusing provisions in existing law pertaining to the power of courts to hold persons in contempt.

The new ordinance will repeal the Contempt of Court Act 1926 when the law becomes effective through notification in the official gazette. The ordinance specifies that any willful act, statement, or expression that may violate any verdict, decree, order, writ or warrant issued by a court that affects the normal course of the trial process may constitute contempt. Contempt may also include obstruction of justice.

The ordinance provides that contempt proceedings must be resolved within two years. After two years contempt proceedings will be cancelled automatically. The time limitation is one year in cases where the contempt proceeding is deemed to adversely impact the country. Punishment for contempt of court is maximum six months of simple imprisonment, a fine, or both. (CG Approves Ordinance: Contempt of Court Redefined, THE NEW NATION, INTERNET EDITION, March 5, 2008, http://nation.ittefaq.com/issues/2008/03/03/news0024.htm.)

Author: Shameema Rahman More by this author
Topic: Judiciary More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/02/2008