The Attorney General has published guidance to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court.
The notes, which are available on www.gov.uk and on Twitter, have previously only been issued to print and broadcast media outlets on a “not for publication” basis. They are designed to make sure that a fair trial takes place and warn people that comment on a particular case needs to comply with the Contempt of Court Act 1981. The Attorney General decided to publish the notes because blogs and social media sites now make it possible for individuals to publish information widely with a single tweet or post, whereas previously only the mainstream media were able to make information regarding a court case available to a large group of people.
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