A juror who "deliberately disobeyed" repeated instructions not to seek information on the internet about the case she was trying has been given a six-month jail term for contempt of court. Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, used the case of "highly intelligent" academic Theodora Dallas to send out a warning that the misuse of modern technology by jurors would almost inevitably land them in prison. Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who prosecuted Dallas, 34, for contempt of court, said the case sent out an "important message". Mr Grieve said: "It is central to the fairness of our trial process that only what is heard in court should determine the jury's verdict." But concerns were raised by the Prison Reform Trust over the adequacy of the guidance given to jurors "and the effectiveness of the use of imprisonment as a deterrent to others".
Location: Royal Courts Justice, High Court, London, England