Times in Twitter reporting first from Assange hearing

Under UK law recording devices are banned from court hearings but mobile phones are in a grey area

Times legal editor Frances Gibb said Times special correspondent Alexi Mostrous reporting on the Julian Assange bail hearing today with live Twitter messages are a first for the paper.

Writing in the Times online today Gibb said it "is not only a first - it comes just weeks after the Lord Chief Justice expressed concern about people tweeting potentially prejudicial material from court".

She notes: "Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice, warned in November that tweets stayed on the internet where they might be retrieved by jurors. The jurors could then pick up either prohibited material or one side of a case - they might, for instance, learn of a defendant's previous convictions when these have been ruled inadmissible."

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