Social Media Postings Can Lead to Contempt of Court Offences

The Attorney General is set to publish guidance for people who use Twitter and other social media forms to prevent them from committing contempt of court offences - which could lead to a prison sentence.

The issue is topical again after 'celebrity' Peaches Geldof mistakenly tweeted the names of the two women involved in the Lostprophet frontman Ian Watkins recent case, even though the court had directed their anonymity.

Last year, a number of people were fined for naming a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans when she should have remained anonymous for life.

Anybody who comments on a case or defendant in a way that could be interpreted as prejudicial to the trial could find themselves prosecuted and possibly imprisoned for contempt of court.