Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court in the County Court sitting at Truro

|Contempt of Court

In the High Court of Justice
Family Division
Sitting at Truro

Case no: EX11P0004

  1. On 22nd July 2015, this court committed JOHN LEWIS DIXON to prison for a period of 2 months, suspended for 12 months.
  1. On 26th June 2015, this court made a passport order requiring JOHN LEWIS DIXON to surrender his passport to the Tipstaff of the High Court.
  2. When served with the order on 4th July 2015, JOHN LEWIS DIXON falsely informed the Tipstaff that his passport was held by the court in Exeter having been delivered there in February 2014.


  1. On 8th July 2015, the Tipstaff informed JOHN LEWIS DIXON that his passport was not held by the court in Exeter having been returned to him in May 2014 and that he had information that JOHN LEWIS DIXON had travelled abroad on three occasions since that date. JOHN LEWIS DIXON the produced his passport and surrendered it to the Tipstaff.


  1. At a hearing on 21st July 2015 at the Truro Combined Court Centre, JOHN LEWIS DIXON accepted that he had been in breach of the passport order by (a) failing to surrender his passport when served with the passport order on 4th July 2015 and (b) falsely stating that the passport was held by the court in Exeter.


  1. On the basis of his admission, the court found that JOHN LEWIS DIXON was in breach of the passport order and thereby in contempt of court.


    In respect of the breach and contempt, the court imposed a sentence of 2 months’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Justice Baker




22 July 2015