The Court of Appeal refused permission to appeal against a refusal of permission to apply for judicial review; by reason of the Senior Courts Act 1981 s.18(1) it had no jurisdiction to entertain the proposed appeal because the decision under challenge was in a criminal cause or matter. The court made general observations with regard to appeals from judgments in criminal causes or matters.
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
A fresh inquest was ordered under the Coroners Act 1988 s.13(1)(b) into the death of a 14-year-old child in 1966, as new evidence was available which rendered a further inquest necessary and desirable in the interests of justice.
A couple had pursued a course of conduct that went beyond what was unattractive and unreasonable and amounted to harassment of a judge where they had, inter alia, emailed her private email address, commented in court on details of the judge’s private life, and sent the judge a birthday card to her home address. The couple had intended to intimidate her and to prejudice the administration of justice.
The Court of Appeal reduced a nine-month sentence for the breach of two freezing orders to one of six months’ imprisonment in light of the effect the contemnor’s imprisonment was having on her 13-year-old son. However, the disruption to the relationship between mother and son did not justify the suspension of the sentence.
A sentence of six months’ imprisonment imposed for contempt of court following deliberate and repeated breaches of freezing injunctions did not fall outside the range of sentences which could reasonably be regarded as appropriate. The breaches had resulted in funds which should have been available to the victims of failed investment schemes being dissipated for the contemnor’s benefit.