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Media Reporting: Criminal Cases

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

28. To ask the Solicitor-General what his policy is on enforcement of the contempt laws on media reporting of criminal cases. (146046)

I refer to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Stourbridge (Lynda Waltho) on 28 June 2007, but I should stress that the Law Officers will not hesitate to enforce the Contempt of Court Act 1981 where coverage of active proceedings creates a substantial risk that the course of justice in those proceedings could be, or has already been, seriously prejudiced. This extends to interference with pending criminal investigations, if there has already been an arrest.