The defendant litigant had been found guilty of contempt in the face of court and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. The contemnor now sought to purge his contempt. Held: The sentence had been imposed as punishment and not to seek to enforce compliance with the order. As a result of his behaviour have had been … Continue reading Balli, Re Contempt of Court Act 1981 (No. 2): ChD 15 Jul 2011
Where a contemnor sould be fined but would be unable to pay a fine at the level thought appropriate, that was not a good reason to impose imprisonment. Citations:  EWCA Civ 615,  2 FLR 1006 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 14.2 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Crystal … Continue reading M (Children) (Contact Order): CA 11 Apr 2005
The court considered the effect of a jury trial in balancing pre-trial prejudicial publicity. Lord Taylor CJ said: ‘In determining whether publication of matter would cause a substantial risk of prejudice to a future trial, a court should credit the jury with the will and ability to abide by a judge’s direction to decide the … Continue reading Regina v Central Criminal Court ex parte The Telegraph Plc: CACD 1993
The principles in American Cyanamid did not affect the rule in Bonnard v Perryman. Sir Denys Buckley saiod: ‘the question what meaning the words complained of bore was primarily one for the jury. Suppose the words bore the second meaning alleged and an injunction were granted restraining further publication, if application were made to commit … Continue reading Herbage v Times Newspapers Ltd: CA 30 Apr 1981
The Attorney General sought an order of contempt of court at common law following the publication in the ‘New Statesman’ of a juror’s account of significant parts of the jury’s deliberations in the course of arriving at their verdict in the trial of the prominent politician, Jeremy Thorpe. Held: The application failed. The contents of … Continue reading Attorney General v New Statesman and National Publishing Company Ltd: 1981
A Crown Court judge’s decision to allow naming of a youth appearing before it, was a matter for the judge’s discretion, and was not susceptible to judicial review proceedings. Such orders are analogous to contempt orders, tending to influence the trial. Citations: Times 08-Jan-1999, Gazette 03-Feb-1999 Statutes: Children and Young Persons Act 1933 39(1), Contempt … Continue reading Regina v Winchester Crown Court ex parte P B (A Minor): QBD 8 Jan 1999
When the defendant charged with indecent assault was remanded on bail to await trial, the magistrate ordered that there should be no report of the proceedings at that stage because of the defendant’s concerns that publicity would lead to his being attacked; this would frustrate the administration of justice because he might no longer be … Continue reading Regina v Newtonabbey Magistrates Court Ex Parte Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd: CANI 27 Aug 1997
Any assault on an officer whilst undertaking official duties is contempt even if assault not in court itself. Judges: Sir Richard Scott VC Citations: Times 27-Nov-1997 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 Contempt of Court Updated: 08 April 2022; Ref: scu.81840
Ward has no extra privilege from Police Interview The court considered the need to apply to court in respect of the care of a ward of the court when the Security services needed to investigate possible terrorist involvement of her and of her contacts. Application was made for a declaration as to the need for … Continue reading Re A Ward of Court: FD 4 May 2017
Civil Search Orders possible The plaintiff manufactured and supplied through the defendants, its English agents, computer components. It had reason to suspect that the defendant was disclosing its trade secrets to competitors. The court considered the effect of a civil search order (as opposed to a criminal search warrant), where the court had in effect … Continue reading Anton Piller v Manufacturing Processes Ltd: CA 8 Dec 1975
No General Liability in Tort for Wrongful Acts The plaintiff had previously constructed an oil supply pipeline from Beira to Mozambique. After Rhodesia declared unilateral independence, it became a criminal offence to supply to Rhodesia without a licence. The plaintiff ceased supply as required, but complained that the defendants had continued to make supplies by … Continue reading Lonrho Ltd v Shell Petroleum Co Ltd (No 2): HL 1 Apr 1981
The defendant prison governor had intercepted a prisoner’s letter to the Crown Office for the purpose of raising proceedings to have the governor committed for an alleged contempt of court. Held: The governor was in contempt of court. Subject to any legislation altering the situation, a prisoner retains all his rights that are not taken … Continue reading Raymond v Honey: HL 4 Mar 1981
Police defendants not to have addresses withheld The defendants, senior police officers were accused of misconduct in public office, being said to have sought improperly to interfere in prosecutions for speeding. They appealed against refusal by the magistrates to have their addresses protected. Held: The appeal failed. The burden was on the claimants to establish … Continue reading Harper and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Aldershot Magistrates Court: Admn 8 Jun 2010
Challenge to a decision to discharge a reporting restriction order made under s.11 Contempt of Court Act 1981 that prohibited publication of the claimant’s address. . .
Whether the Crown Court was wrong in law to discharge a reporting restriction order prohibiting the reporting of the appellant’s home address in connection with criminal proceedings. . .
The House had to consider whether a local valuation court was a court for the purposes of the powers of the High Court relating to contempt.
Held: A body, which has a judicial function, was a court, whereas if it has an administrative . .
The Claimant indicated that he had a disability in his ET1 and requested some adjustments including permission to use a recording device as his condition made it difficult for him to take contemporaneous notes. The Tribunal indicated that an . .
The plaintiffs claimed large-scale copyright infringement, and obtained Anton Pillar orders. The House considered the existence of the privilege against self-incrimination where the Anton Piller type of order has been made. The Court of Appeal had . .
The Association complained that an order preventing the naming of a defendant after his conviction so as to protect the identity of the complainant was made in excess of the court’s jurisdiction. . .
Court to look first to prejudice then to openness when restricting court reports. . .
Mr Ballie, a former solicitor, was found guity of contempt in the face of the court and sentenced to six months imprisonment. It was said that he had continued to call himself a solicitor and had so practised after he had been struck from the Roll . .
While the general rule is that a Court will not hear an application for his own benefit by a person in contempt unless and until he has first purged his contempt, there is an established exception to that general rule where the purpose of the . .
The risk of impediment or prejudice to a trial from a publication has to be assessed at the date of publication. ‘Substantial risk’ in section 2(2) means a risk which is more than remote. Lord Diplock said: ‘Next for consideration is the . .
The defendants appealed convictions for contempt of court, on the basis of having wilfully interrupted the court. The respondent said that no appeal lay.
Held: The statute was ambiguous, and ‘there can be no good reason why a person convicted . .
The claimant sought judicial review of his conviction by the magistrates for contempt of court: ‘The Administrative Court office wrote to Mr Lane on 22nd November, almost a week ago, pointing out that the right of appeal against orders made under . .
References:  2 Lloyds Rep 595 Coram: Brandon LJ While the general rule is that a Court will not hear an application for his own benefit by a person in contempt unless and until he has first purged his contempt, there is an established exception to that general rule where the purpose of the application … Continue reading The ‘Messiniaki Tolmi’: 1981
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The basic rule is that anything said in open court may be reported. Withholding the name from the public during the proceedings will provide the basis for the making of an order under section 11 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. . .
The complainant has requested information regarding applications for contempt against media organisations under the Contempt of Court Act 1981. The Attorney General’s Office applied section 12. The complainant did not complain about the application . .
A long hearing was to be interrupted by the long vacation. The Bank sought an order to restrict publication of the part evidence given by one witness until his evidence had been concluded. Held: Though the witness was only such and not a party, he had been centrally involved in the activities about which complaint … Continue reading Three Rivers District Council and others v The Bank of England: CA 14 Jul 2005
Where part of a sentence for contempt was suspended, and the defendant failed to meet the condition required for continued suspension, the court was not under an obligation to make the suspended part operative. Judges: Lord Denning MR, Russell, Winn LJJ Citations:  2 Ch 50 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Symes … Continue reading Re W (B) (An Infant): CA 1969
Complaint was made that an article was defamatory of the owner of Manchester United. The defendant now argued that the game was not worth the candle. The costs vastly exceeded any possible recovery, and it had openly offered vindication, and that the case had now become an abuse of process and should be stayed. The … Continue reading Adelson and Another v Associated Newspapers: QBD 19 Feb 2008
No anonymity for investigation suspect The claimant had been investigated on an allegation of historic sexual abuse. He had never been charged, but the investigation had continued with others being convicted in a high profile case. He appealed from refusal of orders restricting publication of his name and involvement in the inquiry. Held: (Kerr and … Continue reading PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others: SC 19 Jul 2017
Application for injunction to restrain former employees now in competition from urging present employees to break their contracts. Citations:  EWCA Civ 596 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 4(2) Jurisdiction: England and Wales Torts – Other, Employment Updated: 11 June 2022; Ref: scu.270527
An applicant, who was HIV positive, wished his identity to be concealed. Held: Some publicity had already occurred A Contempt of Court anonymity order was not to be used to protect a litigant’s privacy. Judges: Latham J Citations: Times 14-Aug-1995,  7 Admin LR 840 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 11 Jurisdiction: England and … Continue reading Regina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Castelli: QBD 14 Aug 1995
The purpose of orders under the section is to deal with reports of proceedings which are fair and accurate, but which should nonetheless be postponed, not with other material the publication of which might constitute a contempt of Court. Judges: Lord Justice General Citations:  ScotHC 86, 2001 SLT 465 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of … Continue reading Scarsbrook or Galbraith v Her Majesty’s Advocate: HCJ 7 Sep 2000
The claimant was involved in takeover proceedings. Certain confidential documents were taken, doctored, and released to and published by the defendants who now resisted orders for disclosure of the source. Held: The court must balance the right of freedom of expression, and the private rights of the claimants. The court should start from an assumption … Continue reading Interbrew SA v Financial Times Ltd and Others: ChD 19 Dec 2001
The BBC sought relief from an order restricting the naming of parties in a forthcoming trial. Judges: Lord Justice General Citations:  ScotHC 23 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 4(1) Scotland, Contempt of Court Updated: 04 June 2022; Ref: scu.164685
Complaint was made that the defendant newspapers had caused a serious prejudice to a trial by articles published before the trial of the defendant in criminal proceedings. The defendant pleaded guilty to theft at the magistrates’ court after she had been interviewed by a newspaper, which published her statement that she would not be denying … Continue reading Attorney General v Michael Ronald Unger; Manchester Evening News Limited and Associated Newspapers Limited: Admn 3 Jul 1997
The defendant had repeatedly failed to obey orders for the production of documents made in the course of civil litigation proceedings. He was ordered to be committed to prison ‘until further order’ He appealed. Held: With regard to section 14, such an order was unlawful. A committal had to be for a definite period. Judges: … Continue reading Linnett v Coles: QBD 1986
Enquiries as to jurors views were only to be conducted with the court’s consent. Citations: Times 26-Jul-1994 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 8 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Criminal Practice Updated: 20 May 2022; Ref: scu.87332
When a court considered ordering a restriction on reporting of a case until after it was concluded, it had a three stage test to apply. First, would the reporting create a not insubstantial risk of prejudice. If there was no such risk, an order could not be made. Second, would an order reduce or remove … Continue reading Regina v Sherwood, ex parte The Telegraph Group plc and Others: CACD 12 Jun 2001
The defendants appealed against their convictions for conspiracy in have combined to put into the human food chain poultry meat which had been condemned as unfit. The jury after retiremen had indicated that they had reached agreement on some charges, but wanted guidance on the rest. They were called into court and gave verdicts which … Continue reading Regina v Tantram; Regina v Bibby etc: CACD 24 May 2001
Following the acquittal of a prominent politician on a charge of conspiracy to murder, the New Statesman magazine published an article, based on an interview with one of the jurors, which gave an account of significant parts of the jury’s deliberations. It was submitted on behalf of the publisher, the editor and the journalist that … Continue reading HM Attorney-General v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Others: HL 4 Feb 1994
Human rights law is no aid in protecting a journalist against an order requiring the return of confidential documents, even though this might identify the source of leak. Citations: Times 15-Jul-1997,  QB 124 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 Cited by: Cited – Financial Times Ltd and others v Interbrew SA CA 8-Mar-2002 The … Continue reading Camelot Group Plc v Centaur Communications Plc: QBD 15 Jul 1997
The name of a person with a notifiable disease could be withheld pending an appeal, but any anonymity given by court to party must end when it would not be needed for the purposes of justice. The power to make an order under s.11 must be exercised carefully and cannot be used simply to protect … Continue reading Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd v Birmingham City Council: QBD 12 Nov 1993
A complaint of contempt of court was defeated by a deal in the trial which had worked to reduce any risk of prejudice. Citations: Times 12-May-1994 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 1 2 Cited by: Appeal from – Attorney General v Independent Television News and Others CA 1995 Leggatt LJ said that counsel for … Continue reading Attorney General v Independent Television News and Others: QBD 12 May 1994
The harassment of a juror could take place even after a trial had finished and it remained a contempt of court. Citations: Times 15-Aug-1994 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 Crime Updated: 18 May 2022; Ref: scu.77953
The questions asked of a court when staying a criminal trial because of newspaper reporting, and when assessing a contempt of court, are different, and the stay of a trial need have no implication that a contempt has been committed. The strict liability rules did not help. Simon Brown LJ said: ‘It seems to me … Continue reading Attorney-General v Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd: QBD 31 Aug 1998
K, aged 16, had left home to join what was said to be a religious sect. His whereabouts were unknown. He had been made a ward of court and the Official Solicitor was appointed to represent his interests. He had sent messages to say that he was well and did not wish to return. The … Continue reading Kelly (A Minor) v British Broadcasting Corporation: FD 25 Jul 2000
The defendant journalist had published confidential material obtained from the claimant’s secure hospital at Ashworth. The hospital now appealed against the refusal of an order for him to to disclose his source. Held: The appeal failed. Given that over 200 people may have been the source, the claimant’s argument based on the burden on fellow … Continue reading Mersey Care NHS Trust v Ackroyd: CA 21 Feb 2007
The trust, operators of Ashworth Secure Hospital sought from the defendant journalist disclosure of the name of their employee who had revealed to the defendant matters about the holding of Ian Brady, the Moors Murderer, and in particular medical records. Held: The need for involvement by the third party in the source’s wrongdoing is a … Continue reading Mersey Care NHS Trust v Ackroyd: QBD 7 Feb 2006
A ‘substantial risk’ in section 2(2) can means a risk which is ‘not insubstantial’. The test of ‘substantial risk’ and ‘serious prejudice’ are separate but overlapping. The degree of risk of impact of a publication on a trial and the extent of that impact may both be affected, in differing degrees according to the circumstances, … Continue reading Attorney-General v News Group Newspapers Ltd: CA 1987
This appeal raises a question concerned with the protection from disclosure of confidential journalistic sources enjoyed by publishers under section 10 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Citations:  EWCA Civ 350 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 10 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Media, Contempt of Court Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: … Continue reading Various Claimants v MGN Ltd: CA 7 Mar 2019
Damages were awarded for a breach of statutory duty where the claimant had suffered loss or damage by reason of the breach. The publication at issue went beyond reporting and ‘it reached deeply into the substance of the matter which the court had closed its doors to consider’. A mental health review tribunal is a … Continue reading Pickering v Liverpool Daily Post and Echo Newspapers plc: HL 1991
Lord Diplock discussed section 10 of the 1981 Act, saying: ‘The exceptions include no reference to ‘the public interest’ generally and I would add that in my view the expression ‘justice’, the interests of which are entitled to protection, is not used in a general sense as the antonym of ‘injustice’ but in the technical … Continue reading Secretary of State for Defence v Guardian Newspapers Ltd (Tisdall Case): HL 1984
A jury trial procedure for contempt would never be appropriate: ‘If the trial is to be by jury, the possibility of prejudice by advance publicity directed to an issue which the jury will have to decide is obvious. The possibility that a professional judge will be influenced by anything he has read about the issues … Continue reading in Re Lonrho Plc: HL 1989
Citations:  94 CAR 376 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 4(2) Cited by: Cited – A and Others, Regina v; Regina v The Crown Court at the Central Criminal Court ex parte A Times Newspapers Ltd etc CACD 13-Jan-2006 The defendant was to be charged with offences associated with terrorism. He had sought stay … Continue reading Regina v Beck ex parte The Daily Telegraph, Ex parte The Telegraph Plc: 1992
The circumstances in which it is appropriate for a court to allow a name or other names to be withheld are rare. The Court cannot derogate from this principle for lesser purposes, including that of sparing the feelings of a defendant. Citations:  1 All ER 371,  QB 540 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act … Continue reading Regina v Malvern Justices, Ex parte Evans: 1988
The court considered the existence of a power in the magistrates court to order a hearing to be held in camera and referred to section 11 of the 1981 Act. Watkins LJ said: ‘However, I am bound to say that I am impressed with the argument that the action taken by the justices in the … Continue reading Regina v Evesham Justices, ex parte McDonnagh: QBD 1988
The mere fact that a child is known to be a ward of court is not sufficient to make any publication identifying the child a contempt of court. Judges: Booth J Citations:  1 All ER 418 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 12 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Kent County Council … Continue reading Re L (A Minor) (Wardship: Freedom of Publication): FD 1988
The defendant was to face trial under the 2006 Act. He applied for an order under section 4(2) of the 1981 Act postponing the reporting of the proceedings on the grounds that knowledge by the jury of the inquiry and police investigation would be prejudicial. Media organisations now applied for the order made to be … Continue reading Sarker, Regina v: CACD 13 Jun 2018
An application was made at this pre-trial review, by the claimants in two actions, where they had already obtained orders to preserve their anonymity, for orders protecting that anonymity under the defendant’s search engine. Judges: Nicklin J Citations:  QB 344,  EWHC 67 (QB) (Rev 3 Links: Bailii Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 … Continue reading NT1 v Google Llc: QBD 18 Jan 2018
The defendant was tried for causing grievous bodily harm. After a majority direction, the jury returned, finding him guity. When asked if this was ‘the verdict of you all’, the formean replied ‘Yes’. The day after, he wrote to the judge to say that it had in fact been a majority verdict. Held: The appeal … Continue reading Regina v Millward: CACD 7 Apr 1998
Justices to be slow restricting reports under 4(2) when powers used MCA 80 s8. Citations: Times 28-Jun-1994 Statutes: Contempt of Court Act 1981 4(2), Magistrates Courts Act 1980 8 Criminal Practice Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.86108
There should be no refusal to allow reporting of civil proceedings where criminal proceedings were not likely to be prejudiced. The critical question in relation to section 4(2) is whether there is a substantial risk of prejudice to the administration of justice which could be avoided by the making of a postponing order. The court … Continue reading MGN Pension Trustees Ltd v Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association Etc: ChD 15 Dec 1994
A newspaper was held to have been in contempt of court for publishing details of the deliberations of a jury, even though it had not solicited the information. Beldam LJ said of the word ‘disclosure’: ‘It is a word wide enough to encompass the revealing of the secrets of the jury room by a juryman … Continue reading HM Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Others: QBD 9 Dec 1992
FTTTx (Procedure : Hearings In Private) PROCEDURE – application for hearing in private – rule 32 of Tribunal Rules – celebrity status of the appellant – deductibility of expenses against income – principle of open justice – whether the test of necessity for derogation met – whether anonymity strictly necessary – whether confidentiality of information … Continue reading D v Revenue and Customs: FTTTx 22 Dec 2016
The applicant had been committed for ten months for contempt, being in breach of family court injunctions. He applied to be released after two months on the basis that the unserved balance of the sentence be suspended. The court held that it had the power to do this, even in the absence of any direct … Continue reading Harris v Harris; Harris v Attorney General: FD 21 May 2001
The newspaper challenged an order that the part of the defendant’s trial for rape which related to his character and history should be heard excluding the press. Held: The order stood. Clearly such an order could be made only after careful consideration, and was a metter of great sensitivity. The fact that some element might … Continue reading Times Newspapers Ltd v Abdulaziz: CACD 8 Jul 2016
Palmer was a witness to proceedings before a Magistrates’ Court. Whilst he and the defendant were waiting in the foyer outside the court for the magistrates to consider their decision Palmer threatened the defendant. He was charged with and convicted of a contempt, then sought to appeal. The crown court declined jurisdiction. He then sought … Continue reading Regina v Havant Justices ex parte Palmer: QBD 1985
The newspaper and other media companies appealed from an order restricting the reporting of parts of the evidence given in a trial for an offence under the 1989 Act. The objected that the order did not serve, as required, to protect any proceedings, and that it should not be a permanent ban. Held: The order … Continue reading Times Newspapers Ltd and others v Regina: CACD 30 Jul 2007
The Court was asked whether the justices had had power under section 4(2) to impose reporting restrictions on committal proceedings pending the trial to which they related.. Held: They had. A premature publication in contravention of a postponement order under section 4(2) of which the publisher was aware is a contempt of court notwithstanding section … Continue reading Regina v Horsham Justices ex parte Farquharson: CA 1982
Following a trial, a juror wrote to the defendant’s mother to say that other jury members had not considered the case in a proper manner. He had been given written advice that he was not free to discuss a case with anyone. He appealed his conviction for contempt of court, saying that his intention had … Continue reading Attorney General v Scotcher: HL 19 May 2005
The court considered the treatment of time on remand by those who have been arrested under section 43 of the 2009 Act for breach of a final gang injunction order under sections 34 to 36 of the 2009 Act, and subsequently imprisoned for contempt of court pursuant to section 14 of the Contempt of Court … Continue reading James, Regina (on The Application of) v HM Prison Birmingham and Others: CA 9 Feb 2015
‘Occasion’ in the section means the occasion of committal – includes earlier sent. Ind Summary 27-Dec-1993 Contempt of Court Act 1981 14(1) England and Wales Contempt of Court Updated: 20 December 2021; Ref: scu.90168
 EWHC 2264 (Ch) Bailii Contempt of Court Act 1981 14 England and Wales Citing: See Also – Discovery Land Company Llc and Others v Jirehouse and Others ChD 7-Jun-2019 The first claimant had requested the committal of a defendant for his alleged failure to comply with undertakings he had given to the court. He … Continue reading Discovery Land Company, Llc and Others v Jirehouse and Others (Penalty): ChD 16 Aug 2019
The court granted an injunction to restrain the media from interviewing witnesses during the course of a criminal trial, and until all the evidence was complete. One witness would have to be recalled, and others might be recalled, and accordingly held that the proposed interviews would constitute a contempt of court pursuant to ss.1 and … Continue reading ex parte HTV Cymru (Wales) Ltd: 2002
The claimant had been arrested on allegations of serious child sex abuse. The court now considered an application for a continuation or cancellation of an interim non-disclosure order. Held: The application for a non-disclosure order was dismissed, but the case was to remain anonymised pending any appeal. The court considered the balance between the diverging … Continue reading PNM v Times Newspapers Ltd and Others: QBD 22 Oct 2013
The defendant appealed against a sentenced for contempt of court. He said that the sentence should have been at worst an order for costs. He had been chairman of the claimant bank, and stood accused of fraud. Held: In some cases the sanction provides an incentive for belated compliance, because the contemnor may seek a … Continue reading JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko and Others: CA 28 Oct 2011
‘This case concerns the exercise of the extensive powers under Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 and the detention of material in the possession of a person assisting a journalist and possibly identifying journalistic sources. The protection of journalistic sources has been stated to be of vital importance to press freedom, both in our … Continue reading Miranda, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for The Home Department and Another: Admn 23 Aug 2013
 ScotHC 33 Bailii Contempt of Court Act 1981 1 2 England and Wales Contempt of Court Updated: 12 November 2021; Ref: scu.164328
Need for clarity in Contempt Allegation The defendant appealed from his convictions for contempt of court, being said to have broadcast details of criminal prosecutions despite orders to the contrary. He argued that any failure of procedure was fatal to the prosecutions. Held: As to the first hearing and contempt finding, the appeal failed. As … Continue reading Re Yaxley-Lennon (Aka Tommy Robinson): CACD 1 Aug 2018
Anonymised Party to Proceedings The BBC challenged an order made by the Court of Session in judicial review proceedings, permitting the applicant review to delete his name and address and substituting letters of the alphabet, in the exercise (or, as the BBC argues, purported exercise) of a common law power. The court also gave directions … Continue reading A v British Broadcasting Corporation (Scotland): SC 8 May 2014
The court made a section 11 order to prevent the publication of the identity of a woman who was due to be the principal witness at the trial of a person charged with having recklessly infected her with HIV. There was evidence before the court that the woman’s mental health would be endangered if her … Continue reading Her Majesty’s Advocate v Mola: HCJ 7 Feb 2007
Jury Consulting Ouija Board – Serious Irregularity It had been suggested that during their overnight stay in a hotel after retiring to consider their verdict, some of the jurors had consultated an ouija board to consult with the deceased, and to ask him who had been his killer. Having believed that contact had been made, … Continue reading Regina v Young (Stephen): CACD 30 Dec 1994
Order for Journalist to Disclose Sources The newspaper published details of the medical records of Ian Brady, a prisoner and patient of the applicant. The applicant sought an order requiring the defendant newspaper to disclose the identity of the source of material which appeared to have originated in the hospital. Held: An order requiring disclosure … Continue reading Ashworth Security Hospital v MGN Limited: HL 27 Jun 2002
An application was made to discharge an anonymity order made in previous criminal proceedings before the House. The defendant was to be retried for rape under the 2003 Act, after an earlier acquittal. The applicant questioned whether such a order could properly be made, and said that in any event it should be discharged. Held: … Continue reading Attorney General’s Reference No 3 of 1999: Application By the British Broadcasting Corporation To Set Aside or Vary a Reporting Restriction Order: HL 17 Jun 2009
Complaint was made that the defendant newspapers were in contempt of court in publishing on their respective web-sites showing the defendant in the criminal trial brandishing a gun, and claiming that he was boasting of his involvement. Held: The defendants were guilty of the offence. The defendant argued that the site was so organised that … Continue reading Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Another: Admn 3 Mar 2011
The police arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of a young woman. He was later released and exonerated, and a second man arrested and later convicted. Whilst the first was in custody the two defendant newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Sun ran stories which were so vivid that the Attorney-General said, they … Continue reading HM Attorney General v MGN Ltd and Another: Admn 29 Jul 2011
The first defendant had been foreman of a jury in a criminal trial. He was accused of disclosing details of the jury’s votes and their considerations with concerns about the expert witnesses to the second defendant. The parties disputed the extent of disclosure required to amount to an offence. Held: There was no place for … Continue reading HM Attorney General v Seckerson and Times Newspapers Ltd: Admn 13 May 2009
Juror’s use of Facebook was contempt The court considered whether a juror had committed contempt of court. She had communicated with a defendant via Facebook, despite explicit warnings not to use the internet. Held: Both juror and defendant in the trial had committed contempt of court and were sentenced accordingly. The defendant juror said that … Continue reading Attorney General v Fraill and Another: CACD 16 Jun 2011
In matrimonial proceedings, Mr L had defied a court order to pay redundancy and other money due to him into a solicitors’ joint account upon receipt, pending further order. Mr L received andpound;30,000, paid all the money into his own account, withdrew andpound;24,000, and claimed to have gambled that sum away. He was sentenced to … Continue reading Lightfoot v Lightfoot: CA 1989
Anonymity not to be by secret trial The newspaper appealed against an order for the defendant soldiers’ trial to be held in camera. Held: Section 94(2) could not be used to provide anonymity. The court relied on its common law powers under which: ‘for us to be entitled to make any order for anonymity for … Continue reading Times Newspapers Ltd and others v Regina and others: CMAC 24 Oct 2008
There had been, over some years, ‘saturation coverage’ of the relationship between a television personality and her boyfriend. Disclosures were made about his violence and his previous convictions. He came to be arrested and charged with a serious assault. Some newspapers published articles about the alleged incident. He successfully applied for the proceedings to be … Continue reading Attorney General v MGN Limited: CA 1997
The respondent operated a web site which contained a chat room. Defamatory remarks were made by a third party through the chat room, and the claimant sought details of the identity of the poster. The respondent refused to do so without a court order. One was applied for, and the claimant was given the information … Continue reading Totalise Plc v The Motley Fool Limited and Interative Investor Limited (2): CA 19 Dec 2001
Wrongful Transmission of Distanced Hearing In a defamation case, the solicitors representing one party had live streamed a video of a defamation trial to several individuals outside the jurisdiction without the Court’s permission. The trial took place during the Coronavirus pandemic, and conducted at a distance. There had been discussions between the judge and solicitors … Continue reading Gubarev and Another v Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd and Another: QBD 6 Aug 2020
Contempt sentence to reflect existing punishment The wife appealed against a sentence of imprisonment imposed for a second contempt of court. She said that the behaviour complained of had already been dealt with in criminal proceedings. Held: The sentence was reduced. The second court should be fully informed of the factors and circumstances reflected in … Continue reading Slade v Slade: CA 17 Jul 2009
The Attorney General sought a finding of contempt against the defendant television company in respect of its reporting of a criminal trial. The defendant in the trial faced a charge of murder. The company broacast to the region on the morning of the . .
The appellants appealed against orders for delivery up of papers belonging to the claimant. The paper was a market sensitive report which had been stolen and doctored before being handed to the appellant.
Held: The Ashworth Hospital case . .