Committal for harassment

Not in our names – state-sanctioned kidnapping drags UK family law into disrepute.

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In the matter of an application by Gloucestershire County Council for the committal to prison of Matthew John Newman

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2014/3136.html

This is a judgment given by the President. There are, I think, three interesting aspects to this judgment. Aside from him quoting the very famous remark about freedom of speech not extending to the freedom to shout “fire!” in a crowded theatre.   (which is my favourite joke in Rozencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead)

  1. The penal notice should be on the face of the order

So far as material for present purposes, rule 37.9(1) of the Family Procedure Rules provides that:

 

“a judgment or order to do or not do an act may not be enforced … unless there is prominently displayed, on the front of the copy of the judgment or order … , a warning to the person required to do or not do the act in question…

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