However a wilful refusal to obey a lawful order of the court (of the sort you describe) will eventually amount to a contempt of court
That's the part I struggle with David. Civil proceedings that command you to incriminate yourself under threat of contempt of court. And I appreciate what you are saying Stoaty, but clearly participation in means testing is
optional if you risk contempt of court for refusing. And if the penalty is imprisonment, is the hearing then not conducted to the criminal rather than the civil standard?
Are there other instances of civil or criminal trials where the defendant is compelled to provide the very evidence that the prosecution needs to send him to prison, that they could not obtain themselves?
Also, is there any corresponding legislation to means testing or a right to silence during such hearings, aside from the rules of adverse inference?