Committal: Double jeopardy

James Brown looks at the Court of Appeal’s approach to committal for consecutive terms of imprisonment for contempt of court ‘It is very much a sanction of last resort with the hope that by the threat of a prison sentence the party will be coerced into compliance.’ Family practitioners will be familiar with the question …
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Cases Referenced

  • Kumari v Jalal [1996] 2 FLR 588
  • Re A (abduction: contempt) [2008] EWCA Civ 1138
  • Re W (a child) (abduction: committal) [2011] EWCA Civ 1196
  • Villiers v Villiers [1994] 2 All ER 149