British social media users warned over court case comments

The attorney general is to publish guidance on Twitter to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court by commenting inappropriately on criminal cases.Dominic Grieve QC said it was designed to make sure fair trials took place.Comedian Alan Davies, Commons speaker’s wife Sally Bercow and celebrity Peaches Geldof have all recently run into legal difficulties with careless tweets.The advice will apply to court cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. see:The war on Twitter: Social media sites threaten justice system, warns Attorney General
Twitter and Facebook users are to be warned about the dangers of prejudicing high-profile prosecutions in a historic move designed to make contempt of court laws fit for the social media age.From today Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, will publish court advisory notes that until now have been reserved for mainstream media outlets. Although contempt laws apply to internet users, in practice they have proved difficult to enforce.

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