Contempt of Court Act 2019

Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Contempt of Court Act 2019

Public Act
2019 No 44
Date of assent
26 August 2019
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Act binds the Crown
7Offence to publish certain criminal trial information
8How court determines whether publication creates real risk of prejudice to right to fair trial
9Further provisions applying for purpose of section 7
10Judicial officer may cite disruptive behaviour
11Procedure for dealing with person cited for disruptive behaviour
12Further provisions applying for purpose of this subpart
13Jury members who investigate or research case are liable to fine
14Offence to disclose jury deliberations
15Exceptions to section 14
16Certain court orders and undertakings may be enforced
17Jurisdiction to take certain action under section 16
18Provisions relating to fines and orders
19Application of Sentencing Act 2002 and Criminal Procedure Act 2011
20Provisions relating to imprisonment imposed under section 16
22Offence to publish false statement about Judge or court
23Further provisions applying for purpose of section 22
24Power to make take-down order
25Judicial powers exercisable as often as necessary to control proceedings
26How this Act relates to other authority or power to punish for contempt of court
27Maximum penalty and appeal rights for finding of contempt under inherent jurisdiction
28References in other Acts to contempt of court
29Consequential amendments

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: