Law and Modern Media: Contempt of Court

Contempt of Court (1): Juror Misconduct and Internet Publications

On 9 December 2013 the Law Commission published a report containing recommendations for law reform relating to contempt by jurors and modern media aspects of contempt by publication.

This is the first of three reports dealing with Contempt of Court, the remaining two to be published in 2014.  The report deals with three main areas: (1) recommending a new criminal offence for jurors conducting prohibited research; (2) recommending an exemption of contempt liability for publishers relating to archived online material and (3) recommending a limited exception to the prohibition on jurors revealing their deliberations, in order to reveal miscarriages of justice, or to participate in carefully controlled research.

You can view the full report here: Contempt of Court (1): Juror Misconduct and Internet Publications [PDF, 0.48mb]