19 November 2010

UK - Top judge says internet 'could kill jury system'

The jury system may not survive if it is undermined by social networking sites, England's top judge has said. In a lecture the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, raised major concerns about the use of the internet by jurors. He said: "If the jury system is to survive as the system for a fair trial... the misuse of the internet by jurors must stop." Lord Judge said some jurors had used the internet to research a rape case.