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A different way to tackle the juror-internet problem

By Steven | October 7, 2008

Fine the jurors. Under new laws in Victoria, jurors can now be fined up to A$13,000 for conducting online research during a trial.

Topics: Contempt of Court, General | 1 Comment »

One Response to “A different way to tackle the juror-internet problem”

  1. christopher mitson Says:
    October 7th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    The difficulty with this sort of legislation is that A$13,000 might be a mere bagatelle to, say Robert Jones or Steven Price, but a significant hardship to people like me. Is it not time to replace financial penalties with public flogging (for serious offences) or perhaps a session in the stocks for lesser infractions? Is there any indication how the authorities in Victoria will track jurors who slip into a cyber café on their way home for a quick latte and a perv on the internet? I think my point is something to do with the stupidity of unenforceable laws.


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