Friday 22 January 2021

Court of Appeal ruling on possible contempt by Flora Page and Paul Marshall

As well as telling me I couldn't have the Clarke Advice, on 3 Dec 2020, the Court of Appeal was also busy trying to decide whether or not Flora Page or Paul Marshall had been in contempt of court by disclosing the Clarke Advice to a journalist and the police.

At the end of the day it made an order requiring another constitution to deal with it and then, last week, it released a ruling stating that the proceedings of 18/19 November and those of 3 Dec were not, of themselves, contempt proceedings. 

There are two careers hanging in the balance here, so I don't want to be flippant, but if they weren't contempt proceedings, what were they? The answer to this question might have a bearing on the progression of this situation, which, let's not forget, has cost three Subpostmasters their chosen representatives in court.

Here is the full ruling:

Court of Appeal ruling on Clarke Advice contempt by Nick Wallis on Scribd