GB Minerals Holdings Ltd v Short; GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd v GB Minerals Holdings Ltd

Contempt of court – Contempt of court for making false statement in document verified by statement of truth without honest belief in its truth. The parties entered into a contract whereby the claimant company provided services to the defendant company. The claimant commenced proceedings for lack of payment. The defendant counterclaimed, contending that it had been induced to overpay the claimant. It sought to bring proceedings for contempt against S, a representative of the claimant, regarding documents that he had allegedly forged and supported by a statement of truth. The Technology and Construction Court granted permission, on the basis that the proceedings would be heard either at the trial or after the trial, at the discretion of the trial judge, and not before the trial.

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