Communications Act 2003: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 14th June 2010.

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Photo of Julian Huppert Julian Huppert Liberal Democrat, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been under section 127(1)(a) of the Communications Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number of proceedings at magistrates courts in England and Wales for offences under section 127(1) (a) of the Communications Act 2003 from commencement (25 July 2003) to 31 December 2008 (latest available) is 2,671.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are planned for publication on 31 October 2010.

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Adam Bernard
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 4:25 pm (Report this annotation)

The Act in question:
127 Improper use of public electronic communications network
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he—
(a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character;

Ann Onymous
Posted on 1 Jul 2010 7:57 pm (Report this annotation)

The relevance of the question is the "Twitter Joke Trial" case of Paul Chambers, see for details.