Media & Communications Law
Feel Free to Tweet and Text, UK Lord Chief Justice Tells Journalists There
Posted Dec 14, 2011 3:22 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward
United Kingdom journalists no longer must obtain permission to email, text or tweet during courtroom coverage, Baron Igor Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, announced today.
According to the Guardian, individuals who are not media members will still have to file applications with the court to use live text-based communication from court. Photography in court remains forbidden, and sound recordings can only be made only with the court’s consent, HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk reports.
Previously, whether reporters could use electronic devices in court varied by region.
"A fundamental aspect of the proper administration of justice is open justice,” Lord Judge said. “Fair, accurate and, where possible, immediate reporting of court proceedings forms part of that principle.”