Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers
Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings [Archived]

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings [Archived]
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Committal proceedings—the legal framework
  • Committal applications—are they an act of last resort?
  • Committal applications—legitimate aims, legitimate means and abuse of process
  • Committal proceedings and their quasi-criminal nature
  • Committal proceedings—the respondent's entitlement to legal aid and/or legal representation
  • Committal proceedings—the respondent's right to silence
  • Committal proceedings—application and evidence—a strict regime
  • Committal proceedings—sufficient time and listing of hearing
  • More...

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

This Practice Note is for historical reference only as it refers to CPR 81 as it was in force prior to 1 October 2020, and to Practice Direction 81 which is revoked in its entirety with effect from 1 October 2020. If you are dealing with a committal application post 1-October 2020 you need to refer to the current in force CPR 81 and the Practice Notes covering this, see: Contempt and committal—overview.

For the pre-1 October 2020 version of CPR 81 or Practice Direction 81, see:

This Practice Note sets out the 'nuts and bolts' of committal applications, covering the necessary ingredients, formalities and hurdles that must be observed when pursuing committal applications for contempt or writs of sequestration. It may be useful to read it alongside Practice Notes:

  1. Committal proceedings—hearings in absence and hearings in private

  2. Committal proceedings—appeals, purges and discharge

  3. Committal proceedings—discontinuance, defects and strike out

  4. Committal proceedings—sentencing

For guidance on the individual ‘types’ of contempt or writs of sequestration, see Practice Notes:

  1. Committal proceedings—false statements [Archived]

  2. Committal proceedings—interference with the administration of justice

  3. Civil contempt proceedings—non-compliance with a court order or undertaking

  4. Committal proceedings—contempt in the face of the court

  5. Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications

  6. Committal proceedings—writs of sequestration

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may

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