Civil contempt proceedings—making and serving the application
Produced in partnership with Richard Shepherd of Albion Chambers
Civil contempt proceedings—making and serving the application

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

  • Civil contempt proceedings—making and serving the application
  • When are contempt proceedings appropriate?
  • When is permission required?
  • Completing and issuing the contempt application
  • Compliance with a strict regime
  • Requirement for a penal notice on the application
  • Serving the contempt application on the defendant
  • Serving the contempt application on legal representatives
  • Serving the contempt application outside the jurisdiction
  • Court acting of its own initiative

Note: this Practice Note is relevant only to proceedings for contempt of court as considered under CPR 81 in force with effect from 1 October 2020 and all references to CPR 81 in this Practice Note are to this version of CPR 81, unless otherwise stated. For information on the changes to proceedings for contempt of court in force from this date, and the approach to dealing with pre-1 October 2020 case law and contempt applications which straddle the old and new rules, see Practice Note: Civil contempt proceedings—summary of the changes to committal proceedings (CPR 81) in force with effect from 1 October 2020. For information on the pre-1 October 2020 position for proceedings for contempt of court, see: Contempt and committal—overview.

This Practice Note summarises the procedure for bringing contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’), including the need for strict compliance with CPR 81. It also considers the procedure for serving the committal application, including service on the defendant, on the defendant’s legal representatives, and service out of the jurisdiction. Also considered is the need for a penal notice on the application and the power of the court on its own initiative to proceed against the defendant for contempt of court. For guidance on the court’s approach to dealing with committal applications (including the various hurdles to be

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