Attorney-General v Guardian Newspapers Ltd (No 3): CA 1992

To found a complaint of contempt the risk arising from the publication must be practical rather than theoretical or illusory. Publicity concerning a named defendant before a jury during the jury trial of another charge did not give rise to a serious prejudice as ‘the practical risk of the publication engendering bias in a jury or ordinary good sense was insignificant’


Mann LJ, Brooke LJ


[1992] 1 WLR 874, [1992] 3 All ER 38


England and Wales

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CitedAttorney General v Random House Group Ltd QBD 15-Jul-2009
The Attorney-General sought to restrain the publication of a book which she said would prejudice the defendants in a forthcoming criminal trial. The publisher said that a restraint would be a disproportionate interference in its Article 10 rights. . .
CitedHM Attorney General v Yaxley-Lennon QBD 9-Jul-2019
Application by Her Majesty’s Attorney General for an order committing the respondent to prison for contempt of court. . .
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Contempt of Court

Updated: 22 July 2022; Ref: scu.425620