Ancient Law Invoked to Prosecute `Scandaliser'
Robert Verkaik Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
A BUSINESSMAN faces imprisonment today after becoming the first person since 1931 to be prosecuted under the ancient law of "scandalising the court".
Geoffrey Scriven, president of the Litigants in Person Society, has been a constant thorn in the side of the judiciary, variously describing judges as being members of a "judicial mafia" who are "corrupt" and guilty of "high treason". He began his campaign to expose judicial wrongdoing after his own bitter experience of the courts during his divorce proceedings in 1992 when his wife left him to live with a solicitor.
In 1997 Sir Nicholas Lyell, the Attorney General at the time, resurrected the archaic law of …
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