Science & Tech 28 May 2012 The High Court is unable to agree on Twitter Joke Trial appeal A fresh appeal hearing is ordered before three appeal judges as the case goes on. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The two-judge Divisional Court of the High Court has not been able to come to an agreed decision on the “Twitter Joke Trial” appeal and so has ordered a new hearing before three judges. On 8 February Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Irwin heard the appeal by case stated of Paul Chambers against his conviction by Doncaster Magistrates’ Court under section 127(1) of the Communications Act for sending a “menacing” communication. The message in question was a tweet expressing Chambers’ jokey exasperation at Robin Hood Airport being closed. There is no new date set yet for the hearing. A split divisional court is exceptional, and it appears that this may be only the second time it has happened this century. Prominent supporters of the campaign in support of Chambers include Stephen Fry, Graham Linehan, and Al Murray. There is a support fund for legal fees of barristers and the many other expenses of Chambers in fighting the case. David Allen Green is the New Statesman’s legal correspondent and is acting for Paul Chambers in the appeal. His legal work for Paul Chambers is being funded separately from the support fund. › How bad is the situation for Baroness Warsi? The Royal Courts of Justice. Photo: Getty Images David Allen Green is legal correspondent of the New Statesman and author of the Jack of Kent blog. His legal journalism has included popularising the Simon Singh libel case and discrediting the Julian Assange myths about his extradition case. His uncovering of the Nightjack email hack by the Times was described as "masterly analysis" by Lord Justice Leveson. David is also a solicitor and was successful in the "Twitterjoketrial" appeal at the High Court. (Nothing on this blog constitutes legal advice.) Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles When it comes to social media, we all have a responsibility to avoid sharing upsetting images Extremist ads and LGBT videos: do we want YouTube to be a censor, or not? Why did a Nazi-themed Twitter hack target Unicef, Amnesty International, and Seabrook Crisps?