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UK LAW REFORMERS URGE SOCIAL MEDIA CLAMPDOWN

In Social Media, Technology Issues and the Law on November 2012 at 5:40 pm

Social media is facing an overhaul of the contempt laws prompted by the rise of Twitter and bloggers.

The Law Commission, the UK government’s law reform watchdog is set to publish a consultation paper yesterday that will outline proposals to reform the common-law offence of contempt and the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

According to The Times it will propose rationalising courts’ powers to tackle contempt so that they are consistent across magistrates’ courts, Crown Courts and Courts of Appeal. This could mean higher fines that include the cost of retrials where comment in Twitter and by bloggers has caused a trial to collapse or be aborted, and powers to detain or bail a person while the court determines an … read the rest of the article here.

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