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Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 (No. 1)

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11In section 81 (evidence and general powers and rights of courts and commissions) for subsections (2) and (3) there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(2)If any person does or omits to do anything in connection with proceedings before, or with an order made by, such court or commission which is in contempt of that court or commission by virtue of any enactment or which would, if the court or commission had been a court of law having power to commit for contempt, have been in contempt of that court, the judge or presiding judge of the court or the presiding member of the commission, as the case may be, may certify the act or omission under his hand to the High Court.

(3)On receiving a certificate under subsection (2) above the High Court may thereupon inquire into the alleged act or omission and after hearing any witnesses who may be produced against or on behalf of the person who is the subject of the allegation, and after hearing any statement that may be offered in defence, exercise the same jurisdiction and powers as if that person had been guilty of contempt of the High Court.

(4)In this section “order” includes a special citation under subsection (2) of section 13 of the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 and an injunction under subsection (4) of that section..

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