Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction? – Family Law

Posted March 26th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, financial provision, imprisonment, news by tracey

‘Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions are the latest in the long-running saga in the Hart v Hart divorce which has now been ongoing in various guises for some six and a half years.’

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Family Law, 23rd March 2018

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Millionaire jailed for contempt of court over divorce deal – The Guardian

Posted March 16th, 2018 in contempt of court, divorce, elderly, news by tracey

‘A wealthy property developer has been jailed for 14 months for contempt of court in relation to his divorce settlement.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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Rule committee declines to consider contempt question over solicitors who act on fraudulent claims – Litigation Futures

Posted March 14th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, contempt of court, news, oaths, solicitors by sally

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has rejected a High Court judge’s suggestion that it consider whether solicitors who sign statements of truth on behalf of fraudulent clients could be held in contempt of court.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th March 2018

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Solicitor, paralegal and others face contempt of court trial over “fraudulent” PI claim – Legal Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in contempt of court, fraud, news, paralegals, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor, paralegal, GP and claims management company owner are all set to face committal proceedings for contempt of court shortly over an alleged fraudulent personal injury claim.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Solicitors, Statements of Truth and CNFS: Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited v Yavuz and Otheres [2017] EWHC 3088 QB – Zenith PI Blog

‘In Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd v Yavuz and others, Warby J found that the parties to a crash-for-cash conspiracy were guilty of contempt of court.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 12th December 2017

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Solicitors “at risk of contempt finding” by signing statement of truth in bogus claims, judge warns – Litigation Futures

Posted December 8th, 2017 in contempt of court, fraud, news, oaths, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has raised the prospect of solicitors who sign statements of truth on behalf of fraudulent clients being held in contempt of court.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2017

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Attorney general’s office investigates social media posts which may identify Jon Venables – Daily Telegraph

‘The attorney general’s office has announced an inquiry into social media messages which may identify Jon Venables.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2017

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Inquiry into social media messages that may identify Jon Venables -The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into social media messages which may breach the worldwide legal injunction preventing identification of the convicted child killer Jon Venables.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2017

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Man jailed for breaching injunctions over unauthorised use of land – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2017 in contempt of court, injunctions, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Dorset man has been imprisoned for four months for contempt of court after he failed to comply with a number of injunction orders over his unauthorised use of land.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Can Social Media Damage Your Right to a Fair Trial? – RightsInfo

Posted October 18th, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, internet, juries, news by sally

‘An impartial jury is an essential part of our right to a fair trial, and the people may only consider evidence which has been lawfully presented in the courtroom.’

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RightsInfo, 18th October 2017

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Claimant who sued council over bogus highway accident guilty of contempt – Local Government Lawyer

‘A man who sued Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for £10,000, claiming he was injured after tripping in a hole in the payment, has been found guilty of contempt of court and jailed for four months.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Flasher conviction quashed because Facebook village gossip undermined fair trial – Daily Telegraph

‘A loner accused of chasing two women through a village while exposing himself has had his conviction quashed because residents had shared his image and gossiped about him on Facebook.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2017

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Samim Bigzad: High Court judge orders Home Office to bring deported Afghan asylum seeker back to UK – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in Afghanistan, asylum, contempt of court, deportation, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has ordered the Home Office to bring an asylum seeker who was deported to Afghanistan back to the UK, saying the Government may have acted in contempt of court.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2017

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‘Trial by social media’ to be examined as Attorney General says justice must join the ‘modern world’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2017 in contempt of court, internet, juries, news by tracey

‘The justice system must “catch up with the modern world”, the Attorney General has said, as he signalled that contempt of court laws could change to cope with the social media age.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Impact of Social Media on the Administration of Justice – Official Publications

Posted September 15th, 2017 in contempt of court, internet, press releases by tracey

‘This call for evidence is aimed at those most closely involved in the investigative and trial process to inform an assessment of whether the use of social media is having an adverse impact on the administration of justice in relation to the fairness of criminal trials, the right to anonymity and the integrity of judicial orders in criminal proceedings.’

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Official Publications, 15th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

Publishing salacious material as public interest besmirches press freedom – The Guardian

‘Seedy legal plea to name couple filmed having sex by police officer Adrian Pogmore is anything but a matter of high principle.’

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The Guardian, 13th August 2017

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The clash between open justice and one’s good name – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, media, news by tracey

‘Khuja (formerly known as PNM) v. Times Newspapers [2017] UKSC 49, Supreme Court. The outcome of this case is summed up in its title, an unsuccessful attempt to retain anonymity in press reporting. It is a stark instance of how someone involved in investigations into very serious offences cannot suppress any allegations which may have surfaced in open court, even though no prosecution was ever brought against them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th July 2017

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Angry judge locks up criminal for calling him ‘mate’ in court – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2017 in contempt of court, costs, debts, fines, judges, news, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘A judge has thrown a racist who called him “mate” in court behind bars for being disrespectful.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th May 2017

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David Davies jailed for live-streaming Cardiff court case – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in contempt of court, courts, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A man who filmed and live-streamed a court case in Cardiff has been jailed for 28 days.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2017

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Solicitors speak out over plight of jailed 71-year-old – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2017 in appeals, contempt of court, elderly, news, prisons by sally

‘Practitioners involved in a high-profile Court of Protection case have spoken out after it emerged that a 71-year-old woman jailed for contempt had been fighting to let her brother spend his remaining months in his country of birth.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk