Joshua Normanton secures suspended sentence for juror who admitted contempt of court

Joshua Normanton secured a suspended sentence for a juror who admitted contempt of court by researching a defendant’s criminal history in the course of a trial and disclosing it to the jury. In this rare example of a claim for committal for contempt brought by the Solicitor General, Joshua appeared before a constitution of the Divisional Court which included the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Lord Justice Leveson. In the context of the court’s approach that such contempts should attract sentences of immediate custody, Joshua successfully persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence.