The High Court has fined two members of an incorporated society after they were ordered to hand over documents as part of proceedings in relation to the election of officers and the AGM of the society.  The two members failed to hand over the documents and the Court held that they were in contempt and fined each of them $750.  The fines would have been in the range of $8,000 to $10,000 had the members had the ability to pay more substantial fines.

The two members claimed that the documents were stolen in a burglary and therefore they did not have them to hand over.  The High Court did not accept that that explanation was true.  As well as the fine the two members were barred from taking any further part in the substantive proceedings in respect of the holding of the AGM.

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