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Prejudicing a fair trial

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780406176080.003.0007
Prejudicing a fair trial

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The freedom of the press is fundamental in the British constitution. Newspapers have the right to make fair comment on matters of public interest. But this is subject to the law of libel and of contempt of court. The newspapers must not make any comment which would tend to prejudice a fair trial. If they do, they will find themselves in trouble. The most spectacular case was one that was not reported in the Law Reports. Its reports of legal decisions were unique. No other newspaper in the world had anything like it. They were written by barristers and were quoted in the courts. But on that occasion, the Daily Mirror went beyond all bounds. It came out with a banner headline — after a man called Haigh had been arrested and before he was charged. This chapter discusses such cases in detail.

Keywords: public interest; contempt of court; Law Reports; barristers; Daily Mirror

Chapter.  3689 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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