Clare man told to remove website content

Monday 20 November 2006 23.30
Rate-your-solicitor.com - Libel case over site content
Rate-your-solicitor.com - Libel case over site content

The High Court has told a Co Clare man accused of being responsible for a website which encourages people to rate their lawyers that he could be jailed for four months if certain materials are not removed from the site by Thursday.

Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan told John Gill from Drumline in Newmarket on Fergus that if all material relating to barrister Jayne Maguire was not removed from the website, www.rate-your-solicitor.com, by Thursday afternoon, he would jail him.

Ms Maguire is suing Mr Gill for libel.  She says defamatory messages about her were posted on the website and she says Mr Gill is the administrator of the site.

Mr Gill denies being responsible for the site.

During the hearing a snort was heard from one of Mr Gill's supporters. 

When one supporter told Mr Justice Finnegan 'the cat' had made the noise, he was fined €10,000 for contempt of court.

Mr Gill told the court he would make every effort to have the material removed. 

He said he and his supporters would put an ad in the national newspapers in an effort to find out who was responsible for the site.