Chapter

Introduction

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0001
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This chapter discusses many important developments in the law of contempt of court. Previously to the events discussed in this chapter there had been no recourse to the Court of Appeal. All the decisions were by courts of the first instance. It was only in 1960 that an appeal was first given. So it has been the function of the Court of Appeal to enunciate the principles — save for one case which went to the House of Lords, the Thalidomide case. The cases are worth the attention of lawyers — for the sake of the principles involved — but are even more worthy of the interest of the laymen — for the sake of the stories they tell. This account has been divided into various chapters that follow. Each considers a different facet of the single diamond.

Keywords: contempt; Court of Appeal; House of Lords; Thalidomide case; lawyers

Chapter.  596 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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