Chris Huhne’s latest court appearance: Limited info

Posted: January 15, 2013 by tallbloke in Legal


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
Court Report

The Crown Court
at Southwark

Daily List for Monday 14 January 2013 at English Grounds, off Battlebridge Lane
Court 3
For Mention
T20127076 HUHNE Christopher
PRYCE Vasiliki

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.

Previous talkshop articles about Chris Huhne:

  1. A Smith says:

    Would like to be updated on this .
    MY son is DEAD as a result of a parent taking points for their 19 year old son.
    Speak to me & I can tell you what it Has done to our family.

  2. tallbloke says:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss A. Smith, our condolences. No-one is accusing Huhne of being a reckless or incompetent driver though.

  3. oldbrew says:

    It appears the trial started on 22nd January but it’s illegal to report on it until after the verdict.

  4. tallbloke says:

    See update 🙂 🙂

  5. tchannon says:

    Bishop Hill has linked Sky, doesn’t have much text but does have two photos.

    Do the journos know something can’t tell?

  6. tallbloke says:

    Good. The long arm of the law feeling the white collar at last.

  7. oldbrew says:

    There’s also this angle, the mystery judge – currently suspended from duty.

  8. tchannon says:

    Oh boy, this is turning into Dali windmills, gatso in gowns and wigs.

    Best not wind people up until things play out, which might be some time.

  9. tallbloke says:

    Leo Hickman ‏@LeoHickman
    #GreenDealSuccess RT @estheraddley Corridor outside #Huhne trial packed with press, but court opening delayed due to 34 degree heat inside

  10. tallbloke says:

    Leo Hickman ‏@LeoHickman
    RT @estheraddley Chris #Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice

    And it’s a beautiful day! 🙂 🙂

  11. tallbloke says:

    Barry Woods ‏@BarryJWoods
    Chris Huhne: “BC chief political correspondent Norman Smith said: “We can safely say that his political career is over”

  12. oldbrew says:

    Chris Huhne’s new favourite song.