In England and Wales, the contempt of court law is set out in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 and case law. The Contempt of Court Act 1981 was enacted after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 1979 that the English contempt law violated article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The aim of this law is to ensure that the integrity of active court proceedings is protected. For instance, it prohibits journalists from publishing materials with the potential to prejudice ongoing court cases. Below are some important things you should know about contempt of court law, as explained by our law tutor in London.