Supreme Court Greenlights Courtroom Tweeting

The Supreme Court has ruled that it is happy for “live text-based communications” to be used in the courtroom.

As cases heard in the court do not involve interaction with witnesses and jurors, the Justices of the Supreme Court have agreed to allow the use of text-based communications like e-mails and tweeting from micro-blogging platform Twitter from the courtroom.

Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court, said: “We are fortunate that, by the time a case reaches the Supreme Court there is very seldom any reason for any degree of confidentiality, so that questions about what should and should not be shared with those outside the courtroom do not usually arise.

“This means that we can offer a green light to tweeting and other forms of communication, as long as this does not disrupt the smooth running of the court,” he added.

The ruling does, however, include some “important exceptions”.

The Supreme Court said that in cases involving the welfare of a child, or those where publication may prejudice a pending jury, such communication will be forbidden. In such cases, notices informing attendees of the restriction will be placed at the doors of the courtroom.