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THE CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE.

J-J-J.XJ wxi xojiaj. j. . vx 1 uwuja J. vaioju* "TO THE EDITOR, Sir— The writer of an article in the Timaru JSvening. Telegraph, re-published in yesterday’s paper, affirms that “Judges and Magistrates possess ‘ almost unlimited ’ power to punish persons for supposed contempt of Court.” This is an error. No doubt the Judges of, the Supreme Court possess virtually unlimited power in this respect; but Magistrates are on an entirely different footing. Their power of punishing for contempt is strictly limited, and the question involved in Mr. Purnell’s case seems to be whether a Magistrate has any power whatever to commit a barrister to prison for alleged contempt of Court, while engaged in discharging his functions and cloaked with the immunities and privileges of his profession.—lam, &c., Lex. July 9th, 1880.

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THE CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 125, 13 July 1880

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THE CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 125, 13 July 1880

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