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This Practice Note discusses when permission is required to bring contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’) and how and in what forum permission must be sought. It also addresses the appropriate forum of contempt proceedings more generally. Note that CPR 81 in force since 1 October 2020 stipulates only a limited number of circumstances which require permission (in contrast with the position prior to 1 October 2020).
CPR 81.3(5) provides that permission to bring contempt proceedings is only required in two types of cases:
interference with the due administration of justice, except, in relation to existing High Court or County Court proceedings, and
an allegation of knowingly making a false statement in any affidavit, affirmation or other document verified by a statement of truth or in a disclosure statement
For more information on these types of contempt, see: Civil contempt proceedings—permission and appropriate forum and False statements.
CPR 81.3 sets out to which court the permission application should be made, if permission is required—see: Permission and forum.
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