HS2 protester given suspended sentence for contempt of court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A protester against the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project has been handed a suspended prison sentence for contempt of court after breaching an earlier order in the first such case concerning HS2.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st October 2020

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Contempt of Court – new rules – Transparency Project

Posted October 13th, 2020 in anonymity, civil procedure rules, contempt of court, family courts, news by sally

‘Following an earlier consultation, there has been a comprehensive rewriting of the rules of court dealing with the procedure to be adopted in relation to contempt of court.’

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Transparency Project, 10th October 2020

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Woman jailed after forging court order in bid to obtain medical records of relative subject to Court of Protection proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A woman has been sentenced to an immediate term of imprisonment of 12 months after a High Court judge found she had forged a purported court order and sent it to an NHS trust with the intention of obtaining the medical confidential records of a relative, despite the court refusing to direct this.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th October 2020

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Former trainee doctor in contempt for online campaign against judge – Legal Futures

‘A former trainee doctor has been found in contempt of court for repeatedly breaching injunctions imposed on him to stop using a website to harass a circuit judge.’

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Legal Futures, 26th August 2020

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City giant self-reports to SRA after trial streamed live on Zoom – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A City firm which disobeyed a court order and allowed a libel trial to be live streamed to clients abroad has reported itself to the regulator.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th August 2020

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Top judge slates firm over trial live-stream breach – Legal Futures

‘The president of the Queen’s Bench Division has strongly criticised lawyers in the London office of US firm McDermott Will & Emery (MWE) after they allowed a trial to be live-streamed to observers outside the UK without the court’s permission.’

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Legal Futures, 7th August 2020

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Shamima Begum: Bid to return in citizenship fight goes to Supreme Court – BBC News

‘The case of runaway Shamima Begum, who is fighting to return to the UK from Syria, will go to the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2020

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Contempt of Court – Centek Holdings v Giles – NIPC Law

‘A case that shows how the committal procedure works is Centek Holdings Ltd. and others v Giles EWHC 1682 (Ch) (26 June 2020). For over 17 years Mr Trustram Files has been the claimant companies’ product development manager. In August 2019 Mr Giles left the claimants to take up a job in Malaysia. He took with him what was described as “very substantial amounts of confidential and proprietary material” belonging to his employer. His bosses suspected what he was doing and contained an order (“the Order”) from Mr Jystice Norris “not to use, access or distribute Centek Material (paragraph 2 of the Order), abide by specific restrictive covenants (paragraph 3 of the Order), disclose and preserve Centek Material and the “Devices” and “Accounts” on which it was kept (paragraphs 4 and 5(a)-(b) of the Order), preserve disclosable documents (paragraph 5(f) of the Order) and facilitate the imaging of such Devices and Accounts by “Independent Experts” (paragraph 6 of the Order).”‘

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NIPC Law, 7th July 2020

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Three cases on contempt of court and what they mean for commercial fraud litigation – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in abuse of process, committals, contempt of court, fraud, news by sally

‘Recent weeks have seen a spate of decisions on contempt of court. Most are sentencing cases and thus of little general interest since they turn on their facts. However, 3 cases do raise issues of general principle which not infrequently arise in the commercial fraud context.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 19th May 2020

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General Medical Council and Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care v Dr Zafar – Old Square Chambers

‘The High Court has held that a Court of Appeal judgment in a Civil Contempt sentence appeal involving the Respondent although it did not increase the Respondent doctor’s sentence for contempt but led to a finding of undue lenience should have been put before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) when considering the sanction for the admitted Contempt. This is despite the General Medical Council (GMC), which exercised its right of appeal under section 40A of the Medical Act 1983 to bring the case before the High Court, having agreed not to put the judgment before the MPT prior to and during the MPT proceedings.’

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Old Square Chambers, 8th April 2020

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High Court strikes off medical reports doctor for contempt – Litigation Futures

‘A doctor who received a suspended sentence for contempt of court over a false medical report has been erased from the medical register by the High Court.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th April 2020

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The Court of Appeal reviews the right to silence in cases of contempt – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted March 26th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, contempt of court, news, notification by sally

‘The Court of Appeal today [17 March] handed down judgment in Andreewitch v Moutreuil [2020] EWCA Civ 382. The courts have long since recognised the “absolute right of a person accused of contempt to remain silent” (Comet v Hawkex [1971] 2 QB 67). The Andreewitch judgment establishes that a judge must warn alleged contemnors of that right before they give oral evidence.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 17th March 2020

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Judges to have wider powers in contempt rules rewrite – Litigation Futures

Posted March 11th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, contempt of court, court dress, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Judges could be handed wider powers to take the initiative over contempt of court in draft rules proposed by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC).’

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Litigation Futures, 11th March 2020

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Claimant who sued over pothole injury given suspended sentence after evidence of extreme sports participation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Walsall Council has successfully prosecuted a man who falsely claimed significant compensation following an injury when falling in a pothole.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2020

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Contempt and pre-action conduct – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In the landmark decision in Jet2 Holidays Limited v Hughes & Hughes [2019] EWCA Civ 1858, the Court of Appeal (Sir Terence Etherton MR, Hamblen and Flaux LJJ) confirmed that the High Court has jurisdiction to commit for contempt of court in respect of false witness statements made under a pre-action protocol (PAP) even though proceedings were never issued.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th January 2020

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Tribunal savages SRA witnesses as prosecution left in tatters – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has savaged two witnesses who gave evidence on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) against a Yorkshire sole practitioner.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2019

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Alleged tout given suspended sentence over sale of Wimbledon tickets – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in consumer protection, contempt of court, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘An alleged tout who said he would rather go to prison than “grass up” his boss, who prosecutors claim is a reality TV star, has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence over the sale of Wimbledon tickets.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2019

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Appeal court allows contempt proceedings based on pre-action witness statements – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a holiday company to bring contempt proceedings against two holiday-makers based on statements made before proceedings were even issued.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2019

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Police officers charged over Dalian Atkinson death named after force loses bid to protect their identities – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2019 in anonymity, contempt of court, death in custody, news, police by tracey

‘Two police officers charged over the death of the footballer Dalian Atkinson have been named after their force lost an “unjustified” attempt to protect their identities.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2019

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PAP witness statements “can be grounds for contempt” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 12th, 2019 in civil procedure rules, contempt of court, news, pre-action conduct, witnesses by sally

‘A witness statement verified by a statement of truth made by a prospective claimant before the commencement of proceedings can give rise to contempt, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th November 2019

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