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CAN CRITICISING SPECIAL COURT GET YOU JAIL TIME?

With all the controversy surrounding the Special Criminal Court in Ireland you should know the Irish State protects the court from inspection with threats of fines and imprisonment.

When the Court was established in 1972 it laid out all its rules and regulations. It included a new crime, wide in its breath,  accompanied by a five year jail sentence.

“Any public statement or any meeting procession or demonstration intended or of such character as to be likely, directly or indirectly, to influence court, person or authority, including a party or witness, concerned with the institution, conduct or defence of any civil or criminal proceedings constitutes an interference with the course of justice is unlawful, and, an offence with a liability on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £200(€1,300) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both, or on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding £1,000 (€6,820)  or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.”

(Section 4 OASA (Amendment) Act 1972.

Note the empty jury boxes above the judges to the left and right.

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