A father has lost an appeal against a conviction for contempt of court after posting case information on Facebook.
In Re M, the man had been ordered during hearings about contact with his children not to post information about the case on the social networking site. He agreed to allow the courts access to his account so his online activities could be monitored.
The man did not attend a hearing into alleged breaches of the order but the hearing went ahead in his absence. He was found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to three months in prison, suspected for two years.
The father appealed both the sentence and the decision to proceed without him, but the Court of Appeal dismissed both claims. He had already failed to attend one court hearing on the matter and evidence supported the conviction, the court ruled.