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Effective Sept. 10, 2012, the Court of Appeal, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court will permit accredited journalists to transmit and receive ‘Tweets’ and other forms of text from courtrooms across the province, as long as the interaction does not disrupt court. A separate policy already permits legal counsel to similarly transmit and receive text messages. Individual judges may still use their discretion to prohibit such transmissions on a case-by-case basis.

The interim protocol will be reviewed when the Canadian Judicial Council’s Technology Committee, which is considering the matter, issues its recommendations.