Early day motion 1141

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That this House notes that an individual identified only as WM was imprisoned for five months for contempt by His Honour Judge Cardinal in case No. 11952926 of the Court of Protection for (inter alia) taking her father to see a solicitor in Birmingham and giving him a wooden cross; further notes that the rules in force at that date were similar in effect to the current civil procedure rule 81.28 which states that when someone is imprisoned for contempt in a secret court that the court should state '(a) the name of that person, (b) in general terms the nature of the contempt of court in respect of which the order of committal is being made and (c) the length of the period for which (she) is being committed'; further notes that this was not done and hence the decision is plainly unlawful; expresses concern that the acts of taking someone to a solicitor and providing a cross should result in imprisonment; further notes that even in Iran they do not jail people for taking legal advice; further notes that the same judge has a track record of threatening people with imprisonment or the removal of their children for talking to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley; and calls on the Justice Select Committee to review the activities of the secret courts, looking at individual cases where the court has ordered committal whether or not suspended and the matter of judges threatening people to prevent them from talking to their Member of Parliament or to solicitors.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 04.03.2013
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 12.03.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 05.03.2013