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25.02.13

Breach of a restraint order can constitute the offence of perverting the course of justice

In R v Kenny [2013] EWCA Crim 1, the Defendant appealed against his conviction for perverting the course of justice. The offence related to the false categorisation of a loan as a gift in order to attempt to circumvent a restraint order obtained by the Crown under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The restraint order…

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20.01.13

Family court jails property tycoon for failing to disclose assets

Property tycoon scot Young has been jailed for six months for failing to provide financial information in ancillary relief proceedings.  When Mr Young separated from his wife in 2006 he had been understood to be worth £400m.  However he claims to have lost his entire fortune overnight in a Russian deal.  The application for committal on 16 January 2013 came as…

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26.11.12

Law Commission recommends overhaul of contempt laws

The Law Commission is to launch a consultation paper on proposals to reform the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and the common law offence of contempt of court. The Commission believes that changes are required in order for the law to keep up with technological advances and, in particular, the spread of social media. Careless blogging or tweeting can…

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23.10.12

Daily Mail and Daily Mirror fined for contempt of court over Milly Dowler reports

The Daily Mail and The Daily Mirror have each been fined £10,000 by the High Court over articles they published on 24 June 2011 following the conviction of Levi Bellfield for the murder and abduction of Milly Dowler.  At the time jurors were still deliberating over a separate count – the attempted kidnap of Rachel Cowles.  As a result of…

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10.08.12

Law Commission to consider whether offence of scandalising the Court should be abolished

The offence of scandalising the court dates back to 1765.  Under the law it is an offence to be extremely offensive to a judge or accuse him/her of corruption.  The offence is a form of contempt of court and includes the publication of material or the carrying out of acts likely to undermine the administration…

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16.04.12

Director and shareholder found in contempt for disposing of company's good will

In Templeton Insurance Ltd v Motorcare Warranties Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 795 Mr Justice Eder heard an application for committal for contempt of court based on the alleged breach (or involvement in a breach) of a freezing injunction. Motorcare sold breakdown insurance and had acted as an agent for Templeton. In 2008 Templeton brought a High…

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24.01.12

Juror found in contempt for sharing findings of internet research

In Attorney-General -v- Theodora Dallas (2012) the Divisional Court heard that a jury member (Dallas) had conducted independent internet research in relation to a criminal trial she was sitting on. she had then discussed her findings with her fellow jury members. At the start of the case the jury had been shown a video about their responsibilities and told not to conduct…

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17.08.11

Attorney General warning

Attorney General warns that social networking sites could threaten the existence of jury trials.

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