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Disobedience to an order 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/9780406176080.003.0006
Disobedience to an order of the Court

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This chapter talks about disobedience to an order of the court. One of the most important powers of a court of law is its power to give orders. Very often it has to make an order commanding a person to do something — or restraining him in some way. If he disobeys, the court has one weapon in its armoury which it can use. It can punish him for contempt of court either by fine or by imprisonment. This kind of contempt has the characteristics which are common to all contempts of court. It is a criminal offence and must be proved beyond reasonable doubt. It was laid down in Re Bramblevale Ltd. But in addition the court insisted on several requirements being strictly observed.

Keywords: disobedience; contempt of court; imprisonment; criminal offence; Re Bramblevale Ltd

Chapter.  2557 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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