Previously, the preserve for punishment of contempt of court proceedings has been in the High Court. But the proposed law empowers both the High Court and the Court of Appeal to punish, as is done by the High Court of Justice in England. The Bill says such power is critical in upholding the authority and dignity of subordinate courts and the rights of individuals.
Where a state organ, government department, ministry or corporation is guilty of contempt of court, the court is mandated to serve a notice of not less than 90 days to show cause why the proceedings should not be commenced against the accounting officer. The Bill provides room for appeals.