Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU &Anor [2013] EWHC (Fam) (26 July 2013)

The Court held that a police force has no standing to apply for committal for contempt of court in respect of the breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order where they have not been an applicant for the order. The court noted that this was a grave weakness in the current protective measures and encouraged the relevant Departments of State to give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and means of enforcement.