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This Practice Note is for historical reference only as it refers to CPR 81 as it was in force prior to 1 October 2020, and to Practice Direction 81 which is revoked in its entirety with effect from 1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 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 [Archived]
Committal proceedings—sentencing [Archived]
which give a broad overview of these types of proceedings.
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:
assaulting a court officer (CCA 1984,
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