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

Publication date: 09 December 2013

On 9 December 2013 we published a report containing our 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.  This 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.

This report is part of our Contempt of Court project.

Reference number: LC340

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