Committal proceedings—procedure for making and serving the application [Archived]

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Committal proceedings—procedure for making and serving the application [Archived]
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  • Committal proceedings—are they appropriate?
  • Committal proceedings—is permission required?
  • Committal proceedings—application notice must contain penal notice
  • Committal proceedings—issuing the application
  • Committal proceedings—serving the committal application on the respondent
  • Committal proceedings—serving the committal application outside the jurisdiction

Committal proceedings—procedure for making and serving the application [Archived]

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ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

This Practice Note is for historical reference only as it refers to CPR 81 as it was in force prior to 1 October 2020, and to Practice Direction 81 which is revoked in its entirety with effect from 1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 summarises the procedure for bringing committal proceedings, whether arising out of a form of contempt or breach of a writ of sequestration.

This Practice Note identifies the steps to be taken when bringing an application for committal proceedings. For guidance on the court’s approach to dealing with committal applications (including the various hurdles to be met), see Practice Note: Committal proceedings—applications, evidence and hearings [Archived] and for the different types of contempt that may be committed, see Practice Notes:

  1. Committal proceedings—false statements [Archived]

  2. Committal proceedings—interference with the administration of justice [Archived]

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

  4. Committal proceedings—contempt in the face of the court [Archived]

  5. Committal proceedings—County Courts Act offences and High

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