The following Dispute Resolution practice note Produced in partnership with Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
NOTE: This Practice Note is being reviewed in light of the changes to CPR 81 that will be introduced by the Civil Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2020, SI 2020/747, which is available here. The changes to CPR 81 involve a substitution of the entirety of CPR 81, which will be renamed ‘Part 81 Applications and Proceedings in Relation to Contempt of Court’, and come into force on 1 October 2020. Also with effect from 1 October 2020, CPR PD 81 will be revoked in its entirety as part of the 122nd practice direction update. For further guidance, see News Analyses: CPR changes—August and October 2020—CPR 81 and consequential amendments (CPR 31, CPR 34, CPR 70, CPR 83 and CPR 89)—contempt of court, 122nd practice direction update—various—Changes in force from 1 October 2020 and Contempt of court, a dog’s dinner: once in a generation changes to contempt litigation—a new breed?
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:
Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings
which give a broad overview
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