Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications
Produced in partnership with Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers
Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications

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

  • Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications
  • Committal proceedings—County Courts Act 1984 (general contempts)
  • Committal proceedings—County Courts Act 1984 (less common offences)
  • Committal proceedings—High Court certifications

This Practice Note considers committal proceedings in relation to County Courts Act offences and High Court certifications. It is not intended to cover the individual peculiarities of the diverse range of committal-type actions that may be taken when a proposed contemnor is in breach of the County Courts Act or a High Court certification.

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes:

  1. Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings

  2. Committal proceedings—sentencing

which give a broad overview of these types of proceedings.

Committal proceedings—County Courts Act 1984 (general contempts)

There are a number of separate, although similarly themed, offences under the County Courts Act 1984 (CCA 1984).

They are dealt with by CPR 81.33–81.38 and cover the following offences:

  1. assaulting a court officer (CCA 1984, s 14)

  2. rescuing or attempting to rescue good seized (CCA 1984, s 92)

  3. wilfully (CCA 1984, s 118):

    1. insulting a judge, juror, witness or court officer

    2. interrupting co