Title

Tweeting from court: New guidelines for modern media

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

LexisNexis Butterworths

Faculty

Business and Law

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

19680

Comments

This article was originally published as: Wallace, A., & Johnston, J. (2015). Tweeting from court: new guidelines for modern media. Media Arts Law Review, 20(1), 15-32.

Abstract

Australian courts in five States recently changed their rules to permit journalists reporting on court proceedings to use electronic devices to send text-based transmissions from court. These changes reflect an international trend to allow journalists and, in some cases, members of the public, to use live text-based communication in the courtroom. This development has clear benefits in terms of promoting open justice and timely reporting of court proceedings, in an era when mobile computing technologies have become essential tools for news reporting. However, it also poses risks to the administration of justice, including the potential for an increased risk of breaches of court orders in relation to publication. This article analyses the approach taken by the courts in Australia and overseas in developing policies that attempt to manage these risks.

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