Committal Applications in financial remedy proceedings: when, how and why to make one – Zenith Chambers

“An order made in family proceedings for the payment of money can be enforced by judgement summons, and, if the statutory criteria are satisfied, an order made committing the judgement debtor to prison for up to 6 weeks. Given that in all likelihood only half of this time will be served, and that the time served doesn’t actually produce any cash for the creditor, the obvious question for the person seeking to
enforce the order is ‘what is the point?’. In fact, the Court of Appeal said as much in the case of Mubarak in 2000; ‘I doubt whether experienced specialist practitioners will think that it has sufficient value for money to be worth its initiation.'”

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Zenith Chambers, 16th May 2013