Canadian Judge Says Live-Tweeting in Courtrooms Beneficial to Justice System

Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court recently allowed reporters to live-tweet proceedings during a sexual assault trial and the results, according to him, were positive.

“I couldn’t get over how well it had worked,” Kennedy told the Canadian Press. “I didn’t think it was going to be as accurate as it turned out to be. I have to say that I was very impressed.”

In May, guidelines governing the use of smartphones in the courtroom changed Nova Scotia’s justice system by allowing communication for any purpose, via any mobile device. For Kennedy, this move improves access to justice, something Canada’s legal system should be emphasizing, he says.

“That’s not just a matter of making it easier for people to come before the courts from the point of view of expense and time and that kind of thing, but also better communication of what we do,” Kennedy told the Canadian Press.. “I think that an informed public would agree most of the time with what we’re trying to do.”

Next up, in his eyes, is video recording inside courtrooms for public viewing.


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