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What about contempt?

Contempt refers to the following:

wilfully insulting a judge, juror or court officer during court or in going or returning from court
wilfully nterrupting proceedings
unlawfully obstructing or assaulting any person in attandance in court
without lawful excuse disobeying any lawful order or direction of the court.

There are a range of penalties for contempt. As an example, in New South Wales a rape crisis counsellor was jailed for refusing to produce case notes. (In some States and Territories there is a level of protection for counselling communications.)

When considering the possibility of contempt, you need to ask yourself whether you have access to legal advice and representation to ensure compliance with any relevant Court orders.