Publication contempt in Scotland: a step backwards?

Brian Pillans

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As is likely to be well known to readers who have an interest in media law within the United Kingdom, the Contempt of Court Act 1981 imposes a strict liability rule on a communication to the public or a section of it which creates a substantial risk that the course of justice in ‘active’ proceedings will be seriously impeded or prejudiced. Strict liability is defined as liability ‘regardless of intent’ and the rule, at least at first sight, operates uniformly throughout the United Kingdom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-93
Number of pages4
JournalCommunications Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • contempt of court
  • Scotland
  • criminal law
  • media


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