Top British judge says internet 'could kill jury system'
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 20/11/2010 22:42
The jury system may not survive if it is undermined by social networking sites, England's top judge has said.
In a lecture published on Friday the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, raised major concerns about the use of the internet by jurors.
He said: "If the jury system is to survive as the system for a fair trial... the misuse of the internet by jurors must stop."
Lord Judge said some jurors had used the internet to research a rape case.
Tweeting and Googling threaten trial by jury, says judge
Court-based tweeting and internet research by jurors are threatening trial by jury, Lord Judge, the lord chief justice, has warned.
He said that if juries were to survive, then jurors must stop using the internet and breaches might be punished as a contempt of court.