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Section 18 – The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971

The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971

 

 

18. Hearing of cases of criminal contempt to be by Benches –

 

(1) Every case of criminal contempt under section 15 shall be heard and determined by a Bench of not less than two Judges.

 

(2) Sub section (1) shall not apply to the court of a judicial commissioner.

 

COMMENTS

 

(i) The jurisdiction rests exclusively with a Bench of not less than two Judges of the High Court; B.R. Karandikar v.M.Y.Joshy, (1983) 2 Bom Cr 558 (Bom).

 

(ii) However, it was observed that a single Judge can also deal with criminal contempt’s committed in facie curium; In re: Court on its own motion, AIR 1980 P & H 72.

 

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