Dominican radio station may face contempt of Court charges

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 29 Views   3 comments LocalNews Dominican radio station may face contempt of Court charges by: – January 12, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share A Dominican radio station might face contempt of Court charges for airing an audio recording of a Court ruling on Wednesday.Contempt of Court, broadly defined is “Any willful disobedience to, or disregard of, a court order or any misconduct in the presence of a court; action that interferes with a judge’s ability to administer justice or that insults the dignity of the court, and is punishable by fine or imprisonment or both”.On Tuesday the High Court dismissed two election petitions which were filed by the Opposition United Workers Party after the 2009 general elections in Dominica where the Dominica Labour Party won 18 out of 21 seats. Justice Gertel Thom did not return to Dominica to deliver the verdict herself but Justice Brian Cottle read the verdict on her behalf.Justice Cottle explained that the verdict is a 49 page long document which he would not read and proceeded to read the conclusion.It was recently discovered that on the 10th of January, 2012 the Court proceedings were allegedly clandestinely recorded and broadcasted on the 11th of January by a local FM Radio Station without the knowledge or authorization of the Court. This matter has received close examination by Court officials who are said to be examining the issue in relation to contempt of Court and to determine the appropriate legal proceedings against the perpetrators of this alleged contempt.If found guilty the perpetrator could be confined to a term of imprisonment.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more