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In the face of the Court

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/9780406176080.003.0002
In the face of the Court

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It is an old phrase — ‘contempt in the face of the court’. It means a contempt which the judge sees with his own eyes: so that he needs no evidence of witnesses. He can deal with it himself at once. This chapter discusses the first case in which the Court of Appeal had to consider ‘contempt in the face of the court’. In this case, eleven young students had been sentenced to prison, each for three months. They were all from the University of Aberystwyth and were imbued with Welsh fervour. Although, appeals are always heard within a day or two, this case is a good instance in which the judge acted with a firmness which was becoming of him. As it happened, he went too far. That is no reproach to him. It only shows the wisdom of having an appeal.

Keywords: contempt; court; witnesses; Court of Appeal; University of Aberystwyth

Chapter.  5101 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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