Sir Jonathan Cohen and Nicholas Allen QC will review the new FPR Part 37 – which came into force on 1st October 2020 - and provide guidance on the following:
- do the new streamlined and simplified rules change what constitutes contempt of court or just the procedure that has to be followed?
- what is now required when making a contempt application - what must the application contain and what written evidence must be filed? What facts need to be asserted or proved? What notice needs to be given to the defendant?
- when is legal aid available in civil contempt proceedings?
- when will the court decide to hold the hearing remotely rather than in public? When does the court need to hear submissions from media organisations?
- what is contempt in the face of the court and how will it be dealt with?
- what punishments can the court now impose?
- to what extent does the 2015 Practice Direction - Practice Direction on Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court  1 WLR 2195 - still apply?