Provincial court in St. John's was told Wednesday that a man's posts on Facebook may have breached a publication ban.
Defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan, who represents the accused in the case, raised the possibility in court that the father of the complainant may have violated a ban that protects his daughter's identity.
Judge Lori Marshall told the court that she has not yet turned her mind to the issue, and that she would not comment at this time.
Issues surrounding social media and publication bans have become prominent in local courts. A provincial court judge recently stated in his instructions that a publication ban would extend to Facebook and other social media.
In Supreme Court, other judges have made it clear to juries that they must not take into consideration any information about a case that they get from social media.