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A fine line between commenting on and prejudicing a trial

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The full glare of a public hearing enables everyone to know that justice is being administered fairly. It allows the press and the public to report on, to scrutinise, and to comment upon, the workings of the law.

Every person facing a criminal charge is entitled to a fair trial, so commentary giving rise to a substantial risk of serious prejudice to an active trial can amount to contempt of court.


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