Courting Publicity: Twitter and Television Cameras in Court - Press Release

Press Release
October 2011

Courting Publicity: Twitter and Television Cameras in Court9781847669001

To tweet, or not to tweet -
this is the question that has got our legal system all of a flutter

Courting Publicity: Twitter and Television Cameras in Court is the first book in the UK to analyse the media’s current freedom and use of social media and technology in court.

This brand new title takes a much-needed look at the impact that broadcasting has already had on our legal and judicial process and the individuals involved and investigates further effects that could follow.

What will tip the balance?

Courting Publicity: Twitter and Television Cameras in Court focuses on the debates that have resulted from growing access to court hearings. It looks particularly at super injunctions, social media such as Twitter and television cameras in UK courts and considers the balance between media interests and third party rights.

It then looks at the debate surrounding the impact that new forms of technology will have on our legal system, the individuals involved in each case, and the wider public audience.

This new title tackles questions such as:
• Why do legal systems promote Twitter and television cameras in court?
• Is maximum publicity for every court case and every courtroom participant a requirement for open justice?
• How appropriate to justice has the role of Twitter been in “super injunctions”?
• Does the use of media and social media promote public education and confidence in justice?
• What are the effects of courtroom publicity on the individuals involved and the process in general? Are they beneficial? Are any irreversible or undesirable?
• What sort of legislation or self regulatory systems needed to be considered to assist the judicial system and promote legitimate media relationships?

In order to offer legal analysis of each of these questions this book covers important UK and international cases, that have been affected by media and social media and also looks at sets of guidance, policies and consultation papers that impact on these areas. As such it covers:
• Fraill, Assange, Terry, Giggs
• RJW & SJW v The Guardian
• The seminal US Supreme Court cases of Estes v Texas, Chandler v Florida and Hollingsworth v Perry
• Interim Practice Guidance: The use of live text-based forms of communication (including Twitter) from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting
• Supreme Court Policy on the use of live text-based communications from court

No other legal book addresses Twitter in UK court controversies, super injunctions and the experiment with television cameras in the UK Supreme Court.

This brand new title will be a great guide to all those who wish to navigate a relationship between the media and legal and judicial systems.

About the author
Paul Lambert has been writing about and researching technology and courtroom issues for fifteen years, in particular television courtroom broadcasting. He is a lecturer and solicitor, specialising in contentious and non-contentious internet, IT and intellectual property law. Paul frequently writes and speaks on technology related issues that affect the legal systems in Europe, the US and Asia.

Format: Paper back – ISBN: 978 1 84766 900 1 - Price: £68 - Pub date: October 11 - Extent: 500 (approx) pp


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