Angus McCullough QC was appointed by the Attorney General to act as advocate to the court (a role previously known as ‘amicus curiae’) in the remitted contempt of court proceedings involving Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who is known for political purposes as Tommy Robinson. Today, 27th September 2018, the case will be heard at the Old Bailey by the Recorder of London, HHJ Nicholas Hilliard QC. Angus’ role is to provide independent advice on legal issues to the Court, and he does not represent or act on behalf of the Attorney General, nor is his role to ‘prosecute’ in the proceedings.
Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is a far-right activist who co-founded the English Defence League. On 25 May 2018 he was found to have been in contempt of court by filming and broadcasting on the internet footage relating to a criminal trial, in breach of an order that had been imposed postponing reporting the trial. He was committed to prison for a total of 13 months. The finding was overturned by the Court of Appeal in a judgment handed down on 1 August 2018, when he was released from prison and granted a conditional bail. The Court of Appeal remitted the case to be reconsidered by the Recorder of London. The hearing is set to begin at 10.30am on 27th September at the Old Bailey.
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Update 23/10/2018: At a further hearing today the Recorder of the Court has referred the contempt of court case to the Attorney-General and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon remains on bail.
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