POLICE have warned Facebook users against posting comments which could influence jury members in a trial.

Any material which could influence members of the jury in a active case is deemed as being in contempt of court and is punishable in a court of law.

The Contempt of Court Act protects the justice process and the fundamental principle that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

These comments could include:

- References to someone’s previous convictions

- Statements about a person’s character

- Evidence seeming to link a person directly to the crime of which they have been accused

- Other suggestions that the person is guilty

Proceedings are active when:

- A person is charged

- A person has been arrested

- An arrest warrant is issued

- A summons is issued

If you hold such information you should pass it to the police by calling 101 and quoting the relevant incident number.