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Court bail advice? Does no contact, mean no contact?

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dashoflime78 Thu 17-Oct-13 23:00:46

I've recently left a seriously violent and EA relationship.

Ex was arrested for crimes of a violent and sexual nature against me, all of which are currently being investigated by the police. He was put on police bail, which he repeatedly breached until eventually he was re-arrested and charged with harassment, and common assault, before being remanded.

After a week on remand, he applied for court bail, which was granted with strict conditions attached, one of which was no contact either directly or indirectly.

I have since received a number of threatening letters from his solicitor and wanted to know if this constitutes as indirect contact and therefore a breech of his bail conditions? The letters are full of lies about me, and include various accusations that are simply untrue. His solicitor has threatened legal action against me if I don't do X, Y, Z by a certain date, its all very intimidating and upsetting.

I feel as though he is using a solicitor to continue to abuse and harass me. He would argue that he simply needs to sort out our joint finances/business interests, however surely this can wait until after his trial?

I would really like to know if he is allowed to contact me via a solicitor prior to a trial for which I am a witness of, particularly as the content of the letters relates to some of the harassment charges against him?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

CelticPromise Thu 17-Oct-13 23:07:14

I'd call it indirect contact (am a criminal defence solicitor). Usually in these circs I will ask for an exception to the no contact rules in these terms ' save through solicitors for the purpose of contact with children'. So his family solicitors can contact you, but they can't be abusive. Call the police and see what they say. And I think you're bloody brave, well done. This must be very tough thanks

CelticPromise Thu 17-Oct-13 23:11:02

I mean they could contact you if he had that exception. Which he may well not.

dashoflime78 Thu 17-Oct-13 23:20:59

Celtic - Thank you for your reply.

He is using the same family solicitor to write to me in relation to both child contact and our jointly owned business, though she keeps the letters separate. I'm not entirely sure she knows what she is talking about in relation to business law tbh, and I'm sure her letters could constitute as blackmail. I've accepted that he'll drag me through the courts re child contact, which in itself is worrying, but the other letters are just adding to the stress of it all.

CelticPromise Fri 18-Oct-13 00:13:10

Contact the police, and if you want to, drop her a letter/email to say indirect communication is in breach of bail and you've contacted police.

Collaborate Fri 18-Oct-13 09:32:10

Normally these conditions will say not to contact save through a solicitor for the purpose of a,b,c.... etc. Check with the police what his terms say. If it doesn't provide this exception then he's breached his bail conditions.

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