Committal for contempt of Court in Open Court in the County Court sitting at London: Godfrey

|Contempt of Court

Mr William Godfrey

Claim No: HQ16X 03572

HHJ Moloney QC sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice as a Judge of the High Court

On 1 November 2016, Master Davison granted the Chief Constable of Surrey an interim injunction against Mr William Godfrey in respect of confidential police information in his possession. The order required Mr Godfrey to deliver up the information within a specified time.

  1. At a hearing in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice on 8 December 2016, the Chief Constable applied for Mr Godfrey’s committal for non-compliance with that order. Mr Godfrey was not present but the Judge was satisfied on the basis of recent emails that he was aware of the hearing and had chosen not to attend. In those circumstances the Judge decided to proceed in his absence.
  2. The evidence satisfied the Judge so that he was sure that Mr Godfrey had not complied with the injunction order and was in contempt of court.
  3. The Judge sentenced Mr Godfrey to 8 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 2 years provided he complied with the order within a specified further time.
  4. The Judge gave Mr Godfrey liberty to apply to vary or set aside his order and reminded him in writing of his right to legal aid.

HHJ Moloney QC   
8 December 2016