Tuesday 22nd October 2019
The Claimant (C) appeals from the order made by HHJ Owen QC dated 13/11/18 sitting at Nottingham District Registry on hearing an issue of jurisdiction in committal proceedings.
The issue was whether the making of false statements (verified by a statement of truth) concerning holiday sickness served before proceedings were commenced in the hope of eliciting an admission of liability engaged the contempt jurisdiction.
The judge held that it was not appropriate for committal proceedings to be allowed to proceed where the claim was never pursued.
He dismissed the C’s application to amend the grounds for bringing committal proceedings so as to rely on additional grounds, struck out the committal proceedings and made no order as to costs.