Contempt of Court: Sentencing

Justice written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were imprisoned for contempt of court before each division of the legal system in each month since May 2013.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

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
May 11
June 8
July 13
August 14
September 7
October 12
November 7
December 6
January 8
February 7
March 8
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.

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