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Brown v Davies [2013] EWHC 3523 (Fam)

Contempt of court case for failing to disclose the whereabouts of the M and child.

  • In brief: Following a mother ("M") refusing to reveal her daughter's whereabouts, three members of M's family were sentenced to prison for "a blatant contempt" as they knew where M and the daughter were living.

    The silver lining to this particularly grey cloud was that the case, having been heard in public, had led to a great deal of media interest. In turn, this had resulted in M getting in contact with the court and confirming that she would return to the jurisdiction with the child on a specified date. 

    The fact that M had got in contact helped the three contemnors enormously – instead of being imprisoned for months, they were each imprisoned for 12 days. Taking into account the time that they had already served in prison since last Friday, that had the effect of releasing them from custody.

Case note, published: 14/01/2014

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  • Parties who were in contempt of court for failing to disclose the whereabouts of the M and child in this widely publicised child abduction case were released from custody after the M's employer contacted the court with her contact details. Judgment, 13/11/2013, free

Published: 14/01/2014

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