Section 121 - The Gag Rule of Family Law
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Section 121 of the Family Law Act is one of the most controversial aspects of this jurisdiction. It’s not well understood, and in this episode we try to clarify what it’s purpose is, how long it applies, and why it’s an important protective measure for children and victims. 

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FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 121 Restriction on publication of court proceedings

FAMILY LAW ACT 1975 - SECT 121
Restriction on publication of court proceedings

             (1)  A person who publishes in a newspaper or periodical publication, by radio broadcast or television or by other electronic means, or otherwise disseminates to the public or to a section of the public by any means, any account of any proceedings, or of any part of any proceedings, under this Act that identifies: 

                     (a)  a party to the proceedings

                     (b)  a person who is related to, or associated with, a party to the proceedings or is, or is alleged to be, in any other way concerned in the matter to which the proceedings relate; or 

                     (c)  a witness in the proceedings

commits an offence punishable, upon conviction by imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year.

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