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B.C. courts open doors to tweeting, social media from public gallery

B.C. courts open doors to tweeting, social media from public gallery
August 01, 2012 - 6:29 PM

VANCOUVER - B.C. courtrooms will no longer be tweet-free zones, after a decision to allow some limited use of electronic communication devices in the public gallery during trials.

But it won't be a tweet-for-all.

Just lawyers and accredited members of the media will be allowed to text during trials at the Supreme and Provincial courts.

Members of the public will only be allowed to do so from the galleries of the B.C. Court of Appeal.

A statement issued by the courts says the new rules reflect the importance of social media and its influence in modern times.

It also says the change will allow for greater confidence in the courts as an essential institution of democracy.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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