Contempt of court jailing overturned by Family Court

A family law case has been sharply criticised by Family Court appeal judges after a Brisbane judge sentenced a father of two to jail for contempt of court.

ABC News reports that last December, a Brisbane-based Judge sentenced a man involved in a property dispute with his ex-wife to a maximum 12 months in jail for failing to disclose financial documents on time. However a ruling handed down earlier in February by the Full Court of the Family Court overruled the Judge’s decision, declaring they were comfortably satisfied that “what occurred here in the making of the declaration and order for the husband’s imprisonment constituted a gross miscarriage of justice”.

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