26 Oct '14, 4am

My trial for contempt of court, part 5: mens rea, tone and tenor: Parts 1 to 3 dealt with the specific stings

My trial for contempt of court, part 5: mens rea, tone and tenor: Parts 1 to 3 dealt with the specific stings

Dhooharika at [46] makes reference to the seminal text on Contempt of Court, Arlidge, Eady and Smith at 5 – 248, which notes that the requisite mens rea for contempt of Court requires the prosecution to “prove an intention to interfere with the administration of justice, and in this context that would mean the undermining of public confidence ”. Specific reference is made (at fn. 372) to the case of Att Gen v News Group Newspapers Plc [1989] 1 Q.B. 110 (“News Group Newspapers ”). In News Group Newspapers , Watkins L.J stated, with regards to the requisite intention to make out a charge of contempt of Court: “As to that, however, I feel bound to say that I should be surprised if the law were authoritatively declared to be that something less than a specific intent will do. After all, what is in contemplation here, as has been in some previous cases of criminal contempt, is ...

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