Reporters covering court cases should be allowed to send messages to the Twitter micro-blogging site, a senior British legal official said on Monday, clarifying rules after hearings involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Supporters and media at a bail hearing for Assange last week were allowed to use Twitter from inside one courtroom. However, a different judge banned the practice when an appeal went to a higher court two days later, causing confusion.
Under interim guidelines issued on Monday, officials approved the use of hand-held texting devices in court, with media representatives given priority. Permission remained conditional on not disrupting proceedings.