Consultation on note-taking and the use of live text based communications in court in Northern Ireland

20 January 2015

Author: Olivia O'Kane

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The Lord Chief Justice’s Office published A Consultation on note-taking and the use of live text based communications in court in Northern Ireland.  During the phone hacking trials a freelance journalist had reported the court hearings by tweeting live throughout the trial and later published a book about his experience “Beyond Contempt”.  In an era where the demand for the use of live, text based communications from the court room has increased this consultation is a welcome development in promoting open justice and transparency in the justice system.  In December 2011 the English judiciary published guidance on live text based communication; http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ltbc-guidance-dec-2011.pdf.

This consultation invites responses on:

a.  The need for a practice direction clarifying the approach to note-taking in the courts, including the use of electronic devises to take notes; and

b.  Whether there is a need for live text-based communications to be used from the courtroom.

The consultation closes on 20 February 2015.  We would urge you to participate in this consultation which can be accessed via the following URL: http://www.courtsni.gov.uk/en-gb/publications/Public_Consultation/Pages/default.aspx

For any further information you can contact the  OLCJ Communications Officer Alison Houston Tel: 028 9072 5921 or do not hesitate to contact us.

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