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Published on February 6th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


Twitter to be newest outlet for judgements made by UK Supreme Court

Everyone seems to be getting on Twitter these days so I guess it should be no surprise that the UK Supreme Court has signed up to the service.

The idea is that the @UKSupremeCourt account will tweet about the cases it hears in an effort to make the whole process more transparent, especially when it comes to the more rarified levels of the legal system.

The account has only been live for under 24 hours and has already live-tweeted the swearing in of a new judge and made changes to its Twitter policies after some feedback from its already growing community.

You can see for yourself what the court’s Twitter policy is about by visiting a special page set up to make its policy available to all. In the document they outline how many tweets you can expect from the account (2 to 3 times per week), its riles on @replies and also why they will follow you back.

In its initial Twitter policy, the Court stated that,

“Sending messages to our Twitter feed will not be considered as contacting the Supreme Court for any official purpose (including the administration of cases or Freedom of Information requests). If you need to contact the Court for official correspondence, visit our Contact Us page.”

However, an intrepid Twitter user @FOIManUK pointed out in a tweet linking to a blog postthat that policy was apparently wrong – and the Supreme Court responded to his concerns in just under an hour:

I’d say that is a pretty good start eh.



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Steven has been around the tech world long enough to see most of the stuff we think of cool happen before which leads to a certain bit of cynicism that has contributed to him being known as the cranky old fart of the Internet. Besides sharing some of the goodness that he finds with you here at 42x you can also find him curating some digital goodness at Winextra (tech type stuff) and Rotten Gumdrops (for your daily dose of WTF).

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