23 min

Ep #81 Jury Equity Case by Case

    • Business

In this case, the Solicitor General seeks permission from the High Court to bring contempt proceedings against Ms. Trudi Ann Warner. The allegations stem from Ms. Warner’s actions outside the Inner London Crown Court on March 27, 2023, where she displayed a placard targeting jurors involved in the trial of individuals affiliated with the environmental group Insulate Britain.

The placard bore the handwritten words: “JURORS YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO ACQUIT A DEFENDANT ACCORDING TO YOUR CONSCIENCE.” The Solicitor General contends that Ms. Warner deliberately targeted jurors, potentially influencing them to acquit defendants associated with climate activism, irrespective of legal directions from the trial judge. The Solicitor General asserts that such actions constitute interference with the administration of justice, impacting the jurors’ rights and the court proceedings.

The High Court must determine whether there is a reasonable basis for committal and whether pursuing the contempt application is in the public interest. While the legal principles are clear, the central debate revolves around characterizing Ms. Warner’s conduct and assessing its implications.

The case involves weighing the rights of Ms. Warner, particularly her Article 10(1) rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), against the need to uphold the integrity of the justice system. Detailed submissions and oral arguments were presented, emphasizing the complexity and significance of the issues at hand.

Ultimately, the High Court’s decision will have far-reaching implications for the balance between freedom of expression and the administration of justice, making it a crucial case to follow and analyse.



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In this case, the Solicitor General seeks permission from the High Court to bring contempt proceedings against Ms. Trudi Ann Warner. The allegations stem from Ms. Warner’s actions outside the Inner London Crown Court on March 27, 2023, where she displayed a placard targeting jurors involved in the trial of individuals affiliated with the environmental group Insulate Britain.

The placard bore the handwritten words: “JURORS YOU HAVE AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO ACQUIT A DEFENDANT ACCORDING TO YOUR CONSCIENCE.” The Solicitor General contends that Ms. Warner deliberately targeted jurors, potentially influencing them to acquit defendants associated with climate activism, irrespective of legal directions from the trial judge. The Solicitor General asserts that such actions constitute interference with the administration of justice, impacting the jurors’ rights and the court proceedings.

The High Court must determine whether there is a reasonable basis for committal and whether pursuing the contempt application is in the public interest. While the legal principles are clear, the central debate revolves around characterizing Ms. Warner’s conduct and assessing its implications.

The case involves weighing the rights of Ms. Warner, particularly her Article 10(1) rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), against the need to uphold the integrity of the justice system. Detailed submissions and oral arguments were presented, emphasizing the complexity and significance of the issues at hand.

Ultimately, the High Court’s decision will have far-reaching implications for the balance between freedom of expression and the administration of justice, making it a crucial case to follow and analyse.



Click here to download the full judgement.



Click here to access this episode on a different podcast platform.



For more information about Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich click here

23 min

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