Jones v Jones: CA 19 Mar 1993

H appealed against his sentence of six months imprisonment for contempt of court in breaching a non-molestation order.
Held: Whilst Ansah could not be used to establish a principle that imprisonment for contempt should be a last resort only, the sentence here could be reduced to three months. The use of committal orders in contempt cases in family proceedings need not necessarily only be in the last resort.
Russell, Simon Brown LJJ, Sir Michael Fox
Times 23-Mar-1993
England and Wales
CitedAnsah v Ansah CA 1977
Ormrod LJ: ‘Orders made ex parte are anomalies in our system of justice which generally demands service or notice of the proposed proceedings on the opposite party: see Craig v Karssen [1943] KB 256, 262. Nevertheless, the power of the court to . .

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