Contempt of Court Act 1981

The Contempt of Court Act 1981 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[1] It codifies some aspects of the common law offence of contempt of court.[2]

Contempt of Court Act 1981
Long titleAn Act to amend the law relating to contempt of court and related matters.
Citation1981, c.49
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Status: Current legislation

Section 8 of the Act provides that it is an offence for a person to ask for or make public any opinions or arguments put forward by a jury member in the course of making a decision.[3]


  1. ^ "UK Statute Law Database - Contempt of Court Act 1981". UK Statute Law Database. The National Archives (United Kingdom). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Contempt of Court and Reporting Restrictions". Crown Prosecution Service. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ Alex Wade (17 September 2007). "The jurors who dare not speak their name". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 29 March 2015.