Council of City of Manchester v McCann: CA 16 Nov 1998

A threat made against a witness is clearly an insult within the Act, and a threat made as a witness returns home after court is also a contempt even though not strictly in the face of the Court.
Section 118 of the 1984 Act now provides an exhaustive statement of the powers of the County Court to deal with this species of criminal contempt.


Times 26-Nov-1998, [1998] EWCA Civ 1775, [1999] QB 1214, [1999] 2 WLR 590


County Courts Act 1984 118


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedMoat Housing Group-South Ltd v Harris and Another CA 16-Mar-2005
The defendant family was served without notice with an anti-social behaviour order ordering them to leave their home immediately, and making other very substantial restrictions. The evidence in large part related to other people entirely.
CitedHughes Jarvis Ltd v Searle and Another CA 15-Jan-2019
The claimant and director appealed from orders associated with a finding of contempt of court. The Director, the case having been adjourned overnight during the course of his evidence, and despite warnings to the contrary had sought to communicate . .
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Contempt of Court

Updated: 27 November 2022; Ref: scu.145254