Problem

Abuse of sub judice

Nature:

Comment on cases that are actively before a court of law which amounts to contempt of court and prejudicial to fair trial. Such comment may include criticism of the prosecution and damaging statements about the accused.

Background:

There is usually little risk of contempt in civil cases. In criminal cases which may go before a jury the risk is much more serious. The sub judice period ends once the jury has passed a "not guilty" verdict, the prosecution is dropped, or a defendant is sentenced.

Incidence:

The phrase is often used by spokespersons for government departments, local authorities and other bodies in order to avoid answering embarrassing questions.

Values:
Abuse
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 20:07 CEST