Peter Hain says he is “astonished” that Justice Minister David Ford has spurned a chance to have the ancient offence of scandalising the court repealed.
A review is under way in England and Wales.
It follows a case earlier this year in which it was used against the former Northern Ireland secretary.
NI’s Attorney General John Larkin decided to charge Mr Hain over remarks he made about a High Court judge in his autobiography.
Mr Larkin’s move prompted 120 MPs to sign a motion backing the veteran Labour politician.
The Law Commission has been consulting in England and Wales to see if the ancient offence should be struck from the books.
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