Identification of a suspect before being charged: legitimate freedom of speech or a threat to a fair trial?
Burgess, Craig Neilson (2005) Identification of a suspect before being charged: legitimate freedom of speech or a threat to a fair trial? Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
Identification of a person suspected of a heinous crime before being charged risks prejudicing a fair trial. Present laws place this type of publicity outside the reach of sub judice contempt. This thesis argues there should be a change in the law of sub judice contempt making it an offence for the media to publish the fact that a person is under investigation until the person has been charged.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)|
|Keywords:||Contempt of court, subjudice, naming suspects before charge, effect of prejudicial pre- trial publicity, influence on jurors, memory, freedom of speech, open justice, public interest, public safety - fair trial, evidential problems - remedies for prejudicial publicity, preferred approach|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Department:||Faculty of Law|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright Craig Neilson Burgess|
|Deposited On:||03 Dec 2008 13:57|
|Last Modified:||29 Oct 2011 05:44|
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