171. Enforcing obedience to the writ.

The appropriate mode of enforcing obedience to a writ of habeas corpus for release is by committal for contempt1. When a writ is disregarded and no return is made to it, the party to whom the writ is directed is liable to committal, even if he is a peer2.

Application to a judge in chambers for a warrant for arrest can be made during vacation or when there is no Divisional Court available, and in such event takes the place of an application to the court for a committal order