Minstry of Justice: Broadcasting in court to be allowed for first time and increased transparency of local court performance

"[Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke] announced that an unprecedented level of information about the performance of courts will be published in future to allow everyone to see how their local courts are working. ... In addition to allowing broadcasting, Mr Clarke announced that an unprecedented level of information about the performance of courts will be published in future to allow everyone to see how their local courts are working."

Press Gazette: Sky News Supreme Court feed ‘attracts 90,000 a day’

"Sky News’ live video stream from the Supreme Court attracts an average 90,000 visitors a day, according to the channel’s head of news John Ryley. The figure was cited in an open letter sent by Ryley to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke in which he renewed calls for cameras to be allowed in courts. ... Sky News launched its live video feed from the Supreme Court in May."

BBC News: Court results put on Twitter by West Midlands Police

"Results from cases heard at Birmingham Magistrates' Court are being put on Twitter by West Midlands Police. ... Ch Supt Stephen Anderson said there had been a decline in court reporting in recent years and the initiative was designed to make the public more aware of the cases police deal with. The force is sending its own staff into court to cover the cases."

guardian.co.uk: Can live-blogs and Twitter take court reporting into the 21st century?

Siobhain Butterworth: "There is something rather quaint about journalists in the 21st century using pens and notebooks to record what goes on in court hearings when the tools of the trade now include laptops, mobiles, BlackBerrys and other digital paraphernalia. Why not use them in court? In fact, why not report live from the courtroom? The obvious answer is that judges won't let you."

HMG Your Freedom: Abolish the ban on recording court proceedings

Alistair Kelman: "Currently under Section 9 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 it is illegal to tape record court proceedings. This topic was addressed by Ms Heather Brooke in a feature article in today's Times newspaper where she makes out the case very eloquently. As a barrister and expert witness I too have encountered similar problems in the UK courts and believe that no is the time for this Government to abolish the ban."

London Review of Books: Diary

From a 2008 LRB article by Leah Price: "Journalism degrees in Britain still include a speedwriting test; the persistence of a requirement dropped in many other countries can be explained either by the peculiarities of British libel law (shorthand notes are admissible in journalists’ defence) or by the prohibition on the use of sound recording in court. But the distinction that emerged a century ago between mechanical devices (forbidden) and human scribes (permitted) is beginning to blur."

Heather Brooke: Court secrecy

"The rhetoric of the English legal system is that justice must be seen to be done so why are the public forbidden – under threat of jail – from recording a verbatim account of proceedings? Not only that, rules are so opaque and obscure that court reporters struggle to report cases with any degree of accuracy or depth. And that is when there is a reporter in court, which these days is a rarity – there used to be 25 reporters covering national courts for the Press Association; by 2009 there were only four. ... The simple answer is to allow tape recorders for all: no party is disadvantaged and an ‘official’ recording is there for checking."

Journalism.co.uk: Local news blogger refused entry to coroner’s court

"VentnorBlog, the well-established Isle of Wight news blog, found itself thrown out of a coroner’s court on Tuesday. ... Coroner officer Richard Leedham told Simon Perry of the VentnorBlog ... that the coroner did not wish him to be in the court – as a journalist or as a member of the public. The Isle of Wight County Press was allowed to stay, however."