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Facing Contempt of Court Proceedings? We can help!

A recent case we’ve dealt with has opened up the prospect of securing legal aid funding to defend against Contempt of Court Proceedings.

In an interesting development for people facing Contempt of Court Proceedings, one of our Solicitors, Sean Carty, has been successful in securing legal aid for one of his clients to allow them to defend their case.

What is Contempt of Court?

If an insurance company suspects that a claimant has committed fraud, either by staging an accident or by grossly exaggerating the injuries they sustained, then Contempt of Court Proceedings are often commenced against that person or persons and may lead to imprisonment.

Insurance companies are increasingly using Contempt of Court Proceedings to deal with individuals they suspect of making fraudulent compensation claims. For a genuine accident victim, finding out that they are facing proceedings for Contempt of Court can be incredibly daunting and distressing, especially with the prospect of a prison sentence if they are found guilty.

Until recently, defending these sorts of allegations might have meant spending significant sums of money on your legal defence. However, Sean’s success in applying for legal aid for a client facing proceedings for Contempt of Court is a significant legal development and one that will have a huge impact on these types of cases. It enables people accused of fraudulently making a compensation claim to have an expert legal defence team to represent them in court.

I am facing Contempt of Court Proceedings, what should I do?

If you’ve just found out that you are facing Contempt of Court Proceedings in relation to a compensation claim, then speak to Sean here at Canter Levin & Berg. Being accused of Contempt is only the first stage of the proceedings so it is vitally important that you speak to an appropriately qualified legal expert at the earliest opportunity so that your legal defence can be organised early on.

Call 0151 239 1138 today to speak with Sean about applying for legal aid in relation to a Contempt of Court case. Sean will be able to advise you on your options for defending yourself from an allegation of Contempt of Court and he will also be able to help you with your application for legal aid.

By Sean Carty