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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Contempt of Court

Hilde Farthofer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 January 2021


Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 In all legal systems, the right to sanction contempt of court is in the power of all courts to protect their integrity and to ensure the frictionless run of proceedings. The different approach in adversary and inquisitory proceedings is evidenced by comparing the United Kingdom Contempt of Court Act 1981 and sections 153 and 154 German Criminal Code. The latter penalizes false testimony and perjury. Even the International Military Tribunal (‘IMT’) included in Article 18 Charter of the International Military Tribunal (‘IMT Charter’) and Rule 5 IMT Rules of...
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