Subject: Civil procedure Other related subjects: Criminal procedure; Administration of justice
Keywords: Contempt of court; Custody; Disclosure; Right to fair trial; Surrender; Unless orders
Summary: There was no authority for the proposition that a full hearing on the merits was required in circumstances where a litigant had forfeited his right to a full trial by his own conduct of the litigation. The judge had been entitled to make orders whereby the appellant would be debarred from defending the claims against him unless within a stated period he both surrendered to custody and made proper disclosure of all his assets and his dealings with them.
Member of Chambers: Duncan Matthews QC acted for Appellant (instructed by Addleshaw Goddard LLP