TJ v SB

Civil procedure – Contempt of court – Family proceedings. Sheriff Appeal Court: In an appeal by a father in minute and aswer proceedings against a sheriff's decision to make no further order in respect of her earlier finding that a mother was in contempt of court due to her failure to obtemper a contact order, in which the issue was whether the appellant had any locus to pursue the appeal, the court allowed the appeal to proceed, holding that the appellant, being a party to the minute and answers procedure, could competently bring an appeal to the Sheriff Appeal Court, and while there would be few cases, following final determination, where the court would entertain an appeal by a minuter, this was a case in which the appellant had demonstrated the necessary locus and in which the court might have an interest in intervening in the contempt issue in the exercise of its inherent jurisdiction.

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