- Timing of contempt hearing (Bisrat and ors v Kebede and ors)
- Practical implications
- What did the court decide?
- Court details
Dispute resolution analysis: Arnold J has refused an application to adjourn a committal hearing for failure to comply with a court order, notwithstanding that the respondent had pending applications for permission to appeal the order and for a stay of execution. The respondent raised article 9 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) but the court still held that it would be a dereliction of its duties not to proceed to determine the committal application in circumstances where it was accepted that there was an extant order which needed to be complied with. This decision is of interest to practitioners advising a client facing an application for committal and illustrates how difficult it will be to convince the court to adjourn the committal hearing in this type of scenario.
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