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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 No. 53 of 1975 - SECT 121
Restriction on publication of evidence.
121. (1) A person shall not print or publish-
(a) any statement or report that proceedings have been instituted in the
Family Court or in another court exercising jurisdiction under this
(b) any account of evidence in proceedings instituted in the Family Court
or in another court having jurisdiction under this Act, or any other
account or particulars of any such proceedings.
(2) A person who contravenes sub-section (1) is guilty of an offence
punishable, on conviction-
(a) in the case of a first offence, or a second or subsequent offence
prosecuted summarily-by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment
for a period not exceeding 6 months; and
(b) in the case of a second or subsequent offence, being an offence
prosecuted on indictment-by a fine not exceeding $2,000 or
imprisonment for a period not exceeding 1 year.
(3) Any offence against this section may be prosecuted summarily, and a second
or subsequent offence by a person against this section may be prosecuted
summarily or on indictment.
(4) Proceedings for an offence against this section shall not be commenced
except by, or with the written consent of, the Attorney-General.
(5) The preceding provisions of this section do not apply to or in relation
(a) the printing of any pleading, transcript of evidence or other document
for use in connexion with proceedings in any court or the
communication of any such document to persons concerned in the
(b) the printing or publishing of a notice or report in pursuance of the
direction of a court;
(c) the printing or publishing of law court lists; or
(d) the printing or publishing of any publication bona fide intended
primarily for the use of members of the legal or medical profession,
(i) a separate volume or part of a series of law reports; or
(ii) any other publication of a technical character.
(6) In this section, ''court'' includes an officer of a court investigating a
matter in accordance with the regulations.
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