Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at the Family Court sitting at Nottingham: Allsop

|Contempt of Court

In relation to NG16P00409 on 19/04/2017, at Nottingham Family Court, Lay Justices Mr W Jennings and Mr C Whamrby sentenced Heaven Allsop, to a suspended custodial sentence of 56 days for contempt of court.

The basis of that sentence was that Heaven Allsop persistently and flagrantly failed to comply with the terms of a child arrangement order made by Lay Justices, Mrs C Exton and Mrs J Mellor, on 24 January 2017 by failing to make sure the subject child spent time with the father for 1 hour each week at the Nottingham Contact Centre. She has admitted and accepted breaching the order and has demonstrated implacable hostility towards the promotion of contact between the subject child and her father throughout the proceedings. Before determining whether an order for committal should be made, Heaven Allsop was afforded time to instruct a solicitor and the court then heard submissions on her behalf by Mrs Ashley Graham of the Johnson Partnership. Mrs Allsop did not give oral evidence.

In light of the deliberate breach of the court order and her continued unwillingness to abide by the terms of the child arrangement order we consider that 56 days committal is appropriate and necessary to enforce the courts order and to uphold the authority of the court. Court orders are not optional requests or discretionary instructions they are mandatory, they are commands which must be observed. In this case we have felt it necessary to suspend that 56 day order for a period of 12 months and on condition of compliance with the terms of the child arrangement order. We will return on the 1st June 2017 to review progress.

Lay Justices Mr W Jennings and Mr C Whamrby
19 April 2017