Legal warnings for tweeters

Social media users have been warned they could be breaking the law by commenting on court cases online. The Attorney General will issue previously unpublished advisory notes to help prevent people committing a contempt of court.

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Legal warnings to be published for social media users

The Attorney General will publish legal guidance notes online to help prevent Facebook and Twitter users from breaking the law by inappropriately commenting on court cases.

Previously unpublished legal warnings will be issued. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Government's chief legal adviser Dominic Grieve QC will in future issue previously unpublished advisory notes in a bid to stop social media users from committing a contempt of court.

He said the move was designed to make sure that fair trials take place and will apply to court cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The advisories, which have previously only been issued to the media, are being put into the public domain so people avoid legal pitfalls by commenting on court cases in a potentially prejudicial manner.

The advisories will be published on the Attorney General's Office (AGO) section of the gov.uk website and also through the AGO's Twitter feed - @AGO_UK.

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