Howden, petitioner

Contempt of court – Juror. High Court of Justiciary: Dismissing a petition to the nobile officium by a petitioner who was selected for jury service at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and was found in contempt of court after she informed the sheriff clerk that she had checked Facebook because she thought she knew the sister of a Crown Witness who had given evidence on the second day of the trial, the court held that the petitioner was in contempt because in general terms and in more specific terms in relation to the internet and Facebook the sheriff had given the jury a clear instruction not to make enquiries in relation to the case and the petitioner had disobeyed it.

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