Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Twittering in Court

Following hard on the heels of Jack Straw's recent announcement that the media would be allowed to attend family courts comes the news from America that a Colorado judge has approved the use of Twitter, and blogs, inside the courtroom to cover an infant-abuse trial. They say that where America leads we follow, so could this be a sign of things to come on this side of the Atlantic (although I doubt that judges here would allow cell phones to be used in court!)?

[As an aside, I was amused by the somewhat ironic reference to this country (which is way behind the US when it comes to openness in the courts) at end of the article, including Magna Carta and public trials in Saxon England (!).]

And how did I find this story? Why, through Twitter, of course! To be more exact, via Rex7, otherwise known as blogger Rex Gradeless - my thanks to him.

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Update: My thanks also to the anonymous commenter below for doing something I should have thought of myself, pointing out the twitter profile of the reporter referred to in the story, Ron Sylvester, which was in the story anyway!

4 comments:

  1. A Belated Happy New Year to you, John!

    I havent read Mr Gradeless' twitter comments so I am probably barking up the wrong tree, but what value would Twitter have other than a blow by blow commentary in 30 words or less of emotive and difficult matters relating to child abuse? Would it not have the possibility of trivialising the proceedings, particularly when Twitter is also used as a social networking tool?!

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  2. Happy New Year to you too!

    Yes, I agree - I would be interested to see what a tweet from court would look like!

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  3. go here and judge for yourself - http://twitter.com/rsylvester

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  4. Thanks for that. Fascinating.

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