Law Commission consultation on contempt of court

Response of senior judiciary

This response to the Law Commission’s consultation on Contempt of Court has been prepared by Lord Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Tugendhat. It reflects the views of the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, the Senior Presiding Judge, Lord Justice Leveson, Lord Justice Goldring, and other senior judges. It has not been possible, however, to consult all relevant judges.

This response is made on the basis of the judiciary’s interest in the effective administration of justice, an aspect of which is ensuring that trials are fair and effective. Comments are made on the substantive law and the merits of proposals where the administration of justice is directly engaged. The focus is on the practical effects of the Law Commission’s proposals.