from the smart-courts-down-under dept
Not so much, apparently. When asked about it, the court basically said it was fine. While it admitted that it hadn't really put too much thought into potential downsides, on the whole, it viewed portable technology as a good way to quickly inform the public:
The practice is relatively new and -- as such -- the court has not had the opportunity to consider any possible adverse implications. It is entirely at the discretion of individual judges how they conduct matters in their court room. We would, of course, be concerned if any device was used that disrupted proceedings.It's nice to see a court not freak out about such things, but recognize that they're increasingly common and often quite useful.
Nevertheless, on what we know so far, the use of twitter does not seem to have caused any problems and maybe a useful way of informing the public very quickly about what is happening in a court room. The court itself -- through its e-services strategy -- supports the use of portable technology. New portable devices provide a range of functions -- in addition to being a phone -- and are increasingly used by many in the ordinary course of business because they are so efficient.