23 Dec '11, 4am

#Singapore courts say no to the #media tweeting from courtrooms #law

THE courts here will not follow Britain's move last week to allow the media covering hearings to tweet and use hand-held devices to communicate with others outside the courtroom. However, spokesmen for the Subordinate Courts and Supreme Court said the courts will continue to monitor the growing popularity of social-media tools even as they emphasised that the dignity and fairness of court proceedings cannot be compromised. Lawyers like Mr Julian Lim said tweets can lead to remarks in court going viral without the context in which they were made and this could lead to unfair conclusions by the end-user. Communication via hand-held devices or laptops during hearings with persons outside the courtroom is currently not allowed - unless permission has been obtained from a judge or registrar. This longstanding practice continues in leading Commonwealth countries. However, Britai...

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