Contempt of Court

Attorney General written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Attorney General, what recent steps he has taken to promote awareness of the laws on contempt of court among social media users.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

Where appropriate the Attorney General and I publish online the warnings about potentially prejudicial reporting that Attorneys General had previously only given to the mainstream media. My office also sends tweets warning social media users of the risks of being in contempt of court.

In addition, the Attorney General has recently issued advice to social media users and others that identifying a victim in a sexual offence case is a criminal offence.

We continue to look at whether there is anything more that can be done to raise awareness in this area.

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