Chapter 6
Scandalising the court

Introduction

6.1This chapter deals with the contempt of undermining confidence in the court itself, as a continuing process, which is known as “scandalising” a court or judge.

6.2The contempt is generally committed by way of written publication, but it may include statements published by other means, such as orally, by placard230 or letters to a judge.231 These days, the contempt may be committed through publication of comments about judges and courts on the Internet or via social media.
230R v Vidal, The Times, 14 October 1922.
231R v Freeman, The Times, 18 November 1925.