WikiLeaks Bail Judge Allows Courtroom Tweeting

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle made legal history yesterday, after allowing journalists present in court to post reports on Julian Assange's bail hearing live on Twitter.

Although there is no rule banning mobile phones in court, the use of phones is prohibited during hearings as are television cameras and recording equipment, The Telegraph explained.

Most of the tweets were sent out by Alexi Mostrous, a journalist at The Times and Heather Brooke, a Freedom of Information campaigner.

The Lord Chief Justice is considering allowing journalists to use the micro-blogging platform in court in the same way a laptop is used to email a story from the court.

A spokesperson for the judiciary department said in a statement to The Telegraph: “The questions raised by the Lord Chief Justice in his recent lecture regarding the use of Twitter and the principles of open justice are under active consideration by the senior judiciary.”