Judges in UK Debating Twitter Use in Court

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With plenty of eyes on the court case in the UK surrounding Julian Assange and Wikileaks, there has been another issue involving the use of the web in the case – using Twitter from the courtroom.

The Lord Chief Justice, presiding over the Assange case, became concerned about the matter after Assange’s bail hearing, when he learned that many attendees of the hearing were posting update via Twitter from the courtroom. Sending electronic messages is technically allowed in courts in the UK; however, since tweets are typically public, this has become a concern for many, including the Lord Chief Justice.

The U.K. court systems are looking into the situation for now and will not make any immediate decision as they try to determine what would be considered appropriate and inappropriate based on the situation. Until then, judges can state in their courtrooms that using Twitter is illegal and thus make doing so an act of contempt.


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