UPDATE 28-1-2013: BBC Radio 2 ‘Chris Huhne has this morning failed to overturn the court proceedings against him. And is now due to face trial’.
In other news; Its a beautiful day!
January 14th, 2013
The Crown Court
Daily List for Monday 14 January 2013 at English Grounds, off Battlebridge Lane
T20127076 HUHNE Christopher
Order made under Contempt of Court Act 1981
From Guido Fawkes blog:
graham smith says:
January 14, 2013 at 11:32 am
Contempt of court is a court order which in the context of a court trial or hearing, declares a person or organization to have disobeyed or been disrespectful of the court’s authority. Often referred to simply as “contempt,” such as a person “held in contempt,” it is the judge’s strongest power to impose sanctions for acts which disrupt the court’s normal process.
A finding of contempt of court may result from a failure to obey a lawful order of a court, showing disrespect for the judge, disruption of the proceedings through poor behaviour, or publication of material deemed likely to jeopardize a fair trial. A judge may impose sanctions such as a fine or jail for someone found guilty of contempt of court. Judges in common law systems usually have more extensive power to declare someone in contempt than judges in civil law systems. The client or person must be proven to be guilty before he/she will be punished.
Grimy Miner says:
January 14, 2013 at 10:28 am
When any case comes before the Crown Court the first (meaningful) hearing is known as the Pleas and Case Management Hearing. If a defendant pleads ‘guilty’ then the matter will proceed to a sentence hearing. If ‘not guilty’ then a trial will need to be held and therefore various ‘directions’ are given by the judge for both sides to complete any necessary work before the trial date, which can often be set at this time. The aim of these hearings is to try and eliminate the need for any further court hearings before the trial is heard – however, things don’t always go to plan….
In both cases the use of a ‘mention hearing’ can be to deal with all manner of things which could include (though not an exhaustive list) any outstanding issues of prosecution evidence disclosure, unexpected witness availablity difficulties, having to change a trial date and/or venue, preliminary arguments over issues of law or admissibility of evidence (if before the nominated trial judge): either the court, prosecution or defence can ask for a case to be listed ‘for mention’ if matters cannot be resolved administratively and a judge is needed to make decisions in relation to a forthcoming trial.
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