Judges could get new powers to bring contempt actions

first_imgJudges could be given new powers to bring contempt proceedings against defendants under proposed redrafting of civil procedure rules.Consultation was opened yesterday by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on possible amendments to Part 81, concerning the practices and procedures on contempt of court.The current rules have come under greater scrutiny, most notably during committal proceedings against former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson in A-G v Yaxley-Lennon. Committee chair Lord Justice Coulson said a number of senior judges have commented on the unsatisfactory wording of Part 81 – including in the Yaxley-Lennon case – and the current provisions now appear unsatisfactory.  Source: ShutterstockRobinson arrives for sentencing for contempt of court at the Old Bailey in LondonCoulson said the existing Part 81 is ‘not easy to operate’ and the committee proposes a uniform procedural code for use in all contempt proceedings.The most eye-catching change could be to allow the court to initiate its own contempt proceedings without any need for an application from a third party. Judges could be able to issue a summons to the defendant, requiring them to attend court for directions. The summons would indicate to the defendant whether the proceedings will be tried by the judge issuing it; judges would have a template to fill in and could instruct staff to help with drafting.The consultation notes: ‘While some may object that judges are already hard pressed enough, in many cases if the judge does not take the lead, serious contempts will go unpunished.’Power to commit individuals for contempt could also be extended to circuit judges, although the committee does not express a view on whether this extension might also include district judges and/or masters. Procedural rules currently limit the jurisdiction of those who are not salaried High Court judges.The consultation says guarantees of procedural fairness must be the ‘cornerstone’ of the new draft Part 81. This includes defendants having the right to be legally represented, being entitled to apply for legal aid and being given reasonable time to prepare and produce witness evidence. Punishment should be reduced if the defendant admits the contempt and wishes to apologise to the court.Other proposed rule changes include changing ‘applicant and respondent’ to ‘claimant and defendant’, listing and hearing all contempt hearings in public unless the court directs otherwise, advocates and the judge appearing robed in all contempt proceedings, and judgments being transcribed on the judiciary website.Coulson said the committee is agreed that current rules cause ‘frequent difficulties’ and must be simplified, shortened and strengthened. The consultation closes on 1 May.last_img read more

Network Rail orders Harsco Stoneblowers

first_imgUK: Harsco Rail has won a contract to supply infrastructure manager Network Rail with seven Stoneblower track maintenance machines. The deal announced on June 29 includes a long-term spare parts and software support agreement.The Stoneblowers are scheduled to be delivered over two years from late 2019, and will replace the current units which are around 20 years old. The latest generation will be equipped with a computerised measurement and design system and automatic stone metering. Stoneblowers restore track geometry by using a pneumatic process to inject ballast under the sleepers. According to Harsco this ensures that track is suitable for operation at line speed as soon as it is handed back, and means that the track geometry lasts for up to three times longer than with equivalent tamping methods.last_img read more

Scott Underwood Show on AM 1390 Tonight

first_imgThe Scott Underwood Show will air on AM 1390-Granite City Sports tonight from 6-7 p.m. live from the Green Mill.  Voice of Husky Football J.W. Cox will host the show with SCSU football coach Scott Underwood.St. Cloud State football is 2-1 on the season after falling for the first time last Thursday 41-17 at home against North Division rival Minnesota-Duluth.  SCSU will hit the road and play at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota Saturday at 1 p.m., pregame on WJON at 12:30 p.m. 1080p HD 720p HD 360p About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) About Connatix V56892 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1last_img read more

Couple says ‘I do’ during total solar eclipse, in the path of totality

first_img Related ABC News.(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) — Newlyweds Samantha and Cameron Kuhn had an out-of-this-world wedding today during the total solar eclipse. They celebrated with their closest friends and family in the path of totality in St. Joseph, Missouri.“Being able to do the wedding on the day of the solar eclipse couldn’t be any more perfect,” bride Samantha Kuhn, 28, told ABC News.After completing their vows, the bride and groom joined their guests, all wearing certified solar eclipse glasses, in a field behind the altar to take in another “rare and wonderful” occasion — the total solar eclipse.“I’ll go out and have about 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality and just take in that moment,” the bride said on “Good Morning America” this morning in anticipation of the ceremony. “It’s going to be amazing.”The astronomy-loving bride has been obsessed with all things celestial since she was in the third grade, even wanting to become an astronaut.“Once I realized the planets were out there and we were all suspended in this solar system, I couldn’t wrap my head around it but I loved that. It completely fascinated me,” she told ABC News.So when her now-husband Cameron Kuhn popped the question, picking the day was a no brainer.“The coolest part about this, the eclipse is kind of like a time stamp,” the groom said. “It will stand out in everybody’s memories even more.”The wedding had heavenly touches and an outer space motif including DIY “galaxy globe” centerpieces — similar to snow globes, but full of glitter instead — for the reception tables.While the wedding party waited for the total eclipse to happen, they listened to instrumental music that “kind of sounds space soundtrack-y,” said the bride.She also sported a magical braid to show off her galaxy-colored hair of blue and fuchsia hues.And she couldn’t walk down the aisle without her space-themed high heels, also planning ahead with matching lace-up flats to dance the night away at the reception.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more