Not in our names – state-sanctioned kidnapping drags UK family law into disrepute.
In the matter of an application by Gloucestershire County Council for the committal to prison of Matthew John Newman
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)
- 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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