Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993
Maori Land Act 1993

90 Contempt of court


This section applies if any person—


wilfully insults a judicial officer, Registrar, officer of the court, or any witness, during his or her sitting or attendance in court, or in going to or returning from the court; or


wilfully interrupts the proceedings of a court or otherwise misbehaves in court; or


wilfully and without lawful excuse disobeys any order or direction of the court in the course of the hearing of any proceedings.


If this section applies,—


any constable or officer of the court, with or without the assistance of any other person, may, by order of a Judge, take the person into custody and detain him or her until the rising of the court; and


the Judge may, if he or she thinks fit, sentence the person to—


imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months; or


a fine not exceeding $1,000 for each offence.


Nothing in this section limits or affects any power or authority of the court to punish any person for contempt of court in any case to which this section does not apply.

Compare: 2011 No 81 s 365

Section 90: replaced, on 1 March 2017, by section 9 of the Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 69).