Our legal system is struggling to keep up with modern online behaviour and many people don't realise that they could be breaking the law by a simple tweet.

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The Attorney General

Our legal system is struggling to keep up with modern online behaviour and many people don’t realise that they could be breaking the law by a simple tweet.

Given the number of high profile cases going on at the moment — let alone all the fuss about super-injuctions — the Attorney General has published two helpful infographics.

The first looks at prejudice and social media and gives examples of how people should not prejudice a trial or make it difficult for criminal proceedings to be instigated following an inquest.

prejudice and social media

The second infographic gives specific advice on the circumstances in which defendants and victims should not be named online. It states that ordinary members of the public are constrained by the same laws as the wider media.

AG naming people on lie

So, now you know.

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