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26 JUN 2015

Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court
Lord Thomas LCJ has issued new practice guidance to answer various questions that have arisen on the application and interpretation of the Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt - Open Court, dated 26 March 2015 (the Committal PD).

It covers such issues as:
  • Press Notification - Hearings;
  • Application of paragraph 13 (judgments);
  • Application to proceedings under CPR r 71 and CCR Ord 27 and FPR rr 33.19, 33.19A and 33.23; and
  • Applications to proceedings under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 and the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The practice guidance also includes a judgment pro forma (to be sent to the national media, via the CopyDirect service, and to the Judicial Office) for instances where it is not the usual practice of a court to give reasoned judgments.

The Committal Practice Direction will be reviewed in October 2015.

Click here to view the new guidance.

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