The following table sets out the number of people who were received into custody for contempt of court between May 2013 and March 2014 (the latest available figures). Contempt of court covers a wide variety of conduct which undermines or has the potential to undermine the course of justice.
|Receptions into prison1 for contempt of court, May 2013 to March 2014, England and Wales|
|1 This excludes imprisonment in court cells and police cells. Note: These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.|