Quantum Tuning Ltd v White

Contempt of court – Committal. While the court had demanded strict compliance with the procedural requirements for committal applications, that did not require slavish adherence to the technicalities, regardless of the justice of the case. Accordingly, the Queen's Bench Division authorised, to the extent necessary, alternative service of the claimant company's committal application against its former employee (concerning the alleged breach of an order for delivery up) and supporting evidence. The court further held that no injustice had been caused to the defendant by the claimant's failure to adduce its witness's evidence in the form of an affidavit. On the facts, the claimant's application was allowed, in part, and consideration would be given to what sanction should be imposed.

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