Case Law: Hayes v Willoughby, Injunction granted in leading harassment action breached – Samuel Rowe

4 04 2019

On 8 March 2019, Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke sentenced Michael Willoughby for several five breaches of a harassment injunction, which had originally been ordered in 2011 by the Court of Appeal ([2019] EW Misc 5 (CC)). Read the rest of this entry »





Pulling at the Curtain, Social Media and Jury Trials – Paul Wragg

17 11 2017

Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General, has issued a call for evidence on the impact of social media on criminal trials.  “Our Contempt of Court laws are designed to prevent trial by media, however, are they able to protect against trials by social media?Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

30 06 2015

Lord ThomasThe Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has issued “Practice Guidance on Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [doc] to answer various questions on the application and interpretation of the “Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [pdf] issued on 26 March 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court, Open Court

1 04 2015

Lord ThomasThe Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has issued a new “Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court” [pdf] which applies to all courts in England and Wales.  it introduces strict rules designed to ensure open justice, providing that all committal hearings “shall be listed and heard in public” [5]. Read the rest of this entry »





Contempt and reporting restrictions in criminal cases: the new legislation – Alex Bailin QC

20 03 2015

BailinThe Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 has received Royal Assent and important provisions concerning contempt and reporting restrictions will come  into force on 13 April 2015. Giving effect to certain of the Law Commission’s recommendations in its Report [pdf], four new criminal offences to deal with juror contempt and misconduct are created by the Act. Read the rest of this entry »





New Zealand Law Commission: Review of Contempt of Court

28 05 2014

NZ Contempt CoverThe New Zealand Law Commission has published an issues paper Contempt in Modern New Zealand (IP 36, 2014).  It is seeking feedback on a package of reforms which propose far-reaching changes to the law of contempt in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »





Contempt of court: brief legislative update – Alex Bailin QC and Edward Craven

22 04 2014

Houses-of-ParliamentWe have previously blogged on the Law Commission’s Consultation regarding reform of Contempt of Court and its Report on juror contempt. The Commission also recently published its follow-up Report on publication contempt. Read the rest of this entry »





Law Commission: A sensible proposal for online recording of reporting restrictions – Judith Townend

18 04 2014

Law Commission reforming the lawAmid concerns over proposed changes to the Contempt of Act 1981, through the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, which would introduce new statutory powers for the removal of online material*, it seems worth highlighting some separate recommendations on contempt and court reporting, published in late March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Law Commission Report on Contempt of Court: controversial reforms seek to secure fair trials and freedom of speech – Alex Bailin QC

10 12 2013

Law CommissionThe Law Commission has produced its eagerly awaited Report on juror misconduct and internet publications, following extensive consultation. The Commission had been urgently tasked with considering reform in this area, following a number of high profile contempt cases involving errant jurors and eager publishers. Read the rest of this entry »





Nigel Evans, contempt and clues about alleged victims – David Banks

15 05 2013

Nigel EvansWAS Nigel Evans flirting with contempt of court by so publicly protesting his innocence on TV?  That was the question I was asked after he had appeared before cameras to deny the allegations of rape; talk of his shock that they had been made and thank his constituents and friends for their support. Read the rest of this entry »