Media Law is an essential and accessible introduction to the subject that will assist media; journalism and law students understand key concepts and aid their revision. This book, designed to complement existing textbooks will advise readers on how best to utilise the vast and ever growing array of information at their disposal. The tone and level of this guide makes it easy to follow and should prove invaluable in helping students construct assessed coursework. Established principles and contemporary developments in media law are covered and include: " Privacy and Confidentiality " Defamation " Contempt of Court " Reporting Restrictions " Freedom of Expression " Recent statutory and Case Law developments. Readers are shown how to research, identify and crucially apply media law principles to meet their needs and those of their examiners. This book is part of the SAGE Course Companion Series. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates.
Chapter 2.6: Contempt of Court
Contempt of Court
- Purpose of the contempt laws as they relate to trials
- The key words
- Can there be contempt and a safe conviction?
- What conduct will actually be found to be contempt?
- Fair and accurate reports
- Discussion of public affairs
[Page 92]Like defamation, this topic is almost certain to appear in most examination papers. There are several elements to the law relating to contempt of court, the major ones being:
- contravention of the strict liability provisions in section 2 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981
- the imposition of postponement orders under section 4(2) of the 1981 Act
- protection of sources under section 10 of the 1981 Act
- protection of juries from media intrusion under section 8 of the 1981 Act
- the difference between common law and statutory contempt.
Purpose of the Contempt Laws ...