Civil contempt proceedings—summary of the changes to committal proceedings (CPR 81) in force with effect from 1 October 2020
Produced in partnership with Alexander West of Albion Chambers

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

  • Civil contempt proceedings—summary of the changes to committal proceedings (CPR 81) in force with effect from 1 October 2020
  • Background and consultation
  • New rules and scope
  • Pre-1 October 2020 case law
  • Road map to CPR 81
  • Terminology
  • Court dress and public hearings
  • Comparison of pre and post 1 October 2020 CPR provisions
  • ‘Old’ provisions not replicated in the new CPR 81
  • Forms to be used with effect from 1 October 2020

Civil contempt proceedings—summary of the changes to committal proceedings (CPR 81) in force with effect from 1 October 2020

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 gives a brief overview of the changes to the CPR which are in force with effect from 1 October 2020 in relation to contempt proceedings under CPR 81 (also referred to as ‘committal proceedings’). This Practice Note is essential reading for all practitioners considering or facing committal proceedings, in particular in understanding the rationale for the changes and how to interpret pre-1 October 2020 case law concerning contempt proceedings. All references to CPR 81 in this Practice Note are to the

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