NB v TS

Contempt of court – Committal. The Family Division dismissed an application by the applicant mother for the respondent father to be committed to prison for contempt of court for a further period for his breach of a range of orders requiring him to reveal the whereabouts of the child in Egypt and to procure her return to England. There was no evidence that the father had committed any criminal offence under the law of England and Wales, and at the time of the instant hearing the father had served the equivalent of twice the maximum term for contempt of court provided for by s 14 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. In those circumstances, it would not be proportionate or justifiable, nor, therefore, lawful, to commit the father to a yet further term of imprisonment.

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