UK Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge allows Twitter updates in court

By on Dec 20, 2010 in Europe, Internet, Technology Comments

London, England – The British Lord Chief Justice has allowed Twitter updates inside the courts of England and Wales, but may be limited to news reporters only and on a case-to-case basis.

According to international news sites on Monday, Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge approved the use of Twitter inside the courtrooms of England and Wales provided that there will be no risk on the case being heard.

“The use of an unobtrusive, hand-held, virtually silent piece of modern equipment for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings to the outside world as they unfold in court is generally unlikely to interfere with the proper administration of justice,” Justice Igor Judge was quoted on a statement.

“The judge has an overriding responsibility to ensure that proceedings are conducted consistently with the proper administration of justice, and so as to avoid any improper interference with its processes,” The UK top judge added.

Mr. Judge also warned the risk of leak of information to witness outside the courtroom that may compromise trials related to crime, as he emphasized that the use of Twitter in court may be limited only to news reporters to avoid distraction that it can cause.



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