Haw and Another v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court: Admn 12 Dec 2007

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 under s.12 should not have a right of appeal against conviction as well as against sentence.’ Referring to Parliamentary materials, ‘and attempting to give the section a purposive construction, s.108 applies not only to a sentence on conviction but also to the conviction; we think the words can be so read. ‘ There is a route of appeal to the Crown Court whether it be against conviction or sentence. There is no right of appeal against a conviction or sentence under section 12 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 to the High Court under section 13 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960, but an appeal to the High Court does lie by way of case stated and proceedings for judicial review can be brought where appropriate.


Thomas LJ, Gross J


[2007] EWHC 2960 (Admin)




Contempt of Court Act 1981 12, Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 108, Supreme Court Act 1981 79, Administration of Justice Act 1960 13


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