VERY, VERY IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING THE NEW INQUESTS FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THEY ARE READING LIVERPOOL FC RELATED FORUMS AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO ENSURE THESE RULES ARE ADHERED TO.
PLEASE PEOPLE MAKE SURE YOU ABIDE BY THESE RULES, THE LAST THING WE (THE FAMILIES/SURVIVORS) NEED IS FOR THE INQUESTS TO BE PREJUDICED IN ANY WAY.
10 March 2014
The inquests into the deaths of the 96 people who died as a result of the events at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 are due to begin on 31 March 2014.
The inquests will be heard by a Coroner (Lord Justice Goldring) together with a jury.
Editors, publishers and social media users should note that the inquest proceedings are currently active for the purpose of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
The Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risk of publishing material, including online, which could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in the inquests may be seriously impeded or prejudiced, particularly as this inquest involves a jury.
This risk could arise by commentary which may prejudge issues that witnesses may give evidence about, or matters that the jury will need to consider in reaching their verdict. The inquests could also be prejudiced by publishing details of material (whatever its source) which may not form part of the evidence at the inquest.
The Attorney General’s Office will be monitoring the coverage of these proceedings.
Editors, publishers and social media users should take legal advice to ensure they are in a position to fully comply with the obligations they are subject to under the Contempt of Court Act. They are also reminded of the advisory note issued by Lord Justice Goldring on 11 February 2014.
For media enquiries please contact: The Attorney General’s Press Office on 020 7271 2448 or
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