The law of contempt of court in Malaysia: Considering reforms

A. Vijayalakshmi Venugopal, Kamal Halili Hassan

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Contempt of court is a power entrusted to every court by statute or part of the inherent jurisdiction of the court. This power extends to the courts hearing and even initiating contempt actions, recognising forms of contempt, ensuring proper compliance with rules of procedure applicable to contempt proceedings and, if appropriate, punishing those who offend these standards. These principles are contained in various statutes and even more numerous cases. There are many uncertainties and inconsistencies in contempt of court in Malaysia. These include the definition, procedures and sentencing limits. This results in the courts having contempt powers, but these powers being quite uncertain and inconsistent in many aspects. This article uses a doctrinal analysis method in analysing the law on contempt of court in Malaysia. It proposes reforms to some aspects of the law of contempt of court.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1451-1464
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Contempt of court
  • Judges' role
  • Judicial discretion
  • Law
  • Malaysia

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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The law of contempt of court in Malaysia : Considering reforms. / Vijayalakshmi Venugopal, A.; Hassan, Kamal Halili.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 8, 2012, p. 1451-1464.

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