In the United States, using twitter and other social media within the courtroom must be approved in each case. If someone requests to use social media in such scenarios, a judge must decide whether such use will interfere with the trial or not. Social media will get the information out much faster – an issue that sometimes stands in the way of administering justice in the courts.
The rules for tweeting are different from one state to the next and differ between each trial. Sometimes a reporter is allowed to carry a laptop or cell phone for only certain parts of the trial. Some judges are perfectly fine with using social media and believe it will make the public more informed on legal proceedings.
Other judges, on the other hand, are very much opposed to such actions within the courtroom. For example, Chief U.S. District Court Judge David C. Norton of South Carolina forbid all wireless communication technology from the courtrooms.
In early May of this year, the Boston Globe reported on the permission of social media use within the courtroom inQuincy, Massachusetts. In this courtroom, reporters and bloggers will have a particular seating area and Wi-Fi connection. Laptops, iPads, and smart phones are allowed for reporting on trials, whether through blogs, twitter, or facebook. Office Solutions Plus LLC is a company located inWeston, Massachusetts and uses court reporters (not newspaper reporters!) to transcribe vital documents that officials within the legal field need. For an actual transcript, however, a company that is Trial Court Certified like Office Solutions Plus quickly transcribes vital documents.
Office Solutions Plus LLC uses State Certified Court Reporters to transcribe court proceedings as well as depositions. OS+ also works on corporate and medical testimony within the court reporting aspects. Along with an original transcript, a copy and a CD are created that hold all of this information for the clients. Office Solutions Plus LLC can also provides videography and translation to clients. Best of all, OS+ has very quick turnaround times to meet approaching deadlines!
If you want more information than you get from a tweet or a blog, get a copy of the transcript from Office Solutions Plus – who also has a staff to take depositions to use as evidence in court.
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Lozare, Nicole. “High-profile Trials Can Increase Reporters’ Followers by Thousands | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.” Fall 2011. http://www.rcfp.org/browse-media-law-resources/news-media-law/news-media-and-law-fall-2011/more-reporters-tweeting-court.
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Lavoie, Denise. “OMG: Tweets, Facebook Welcome inMass.Courtroom – Boston.com.” 2 May 2011. http://www.boston.com/ae/media/articles/2011/05/02/omg_tweets_facebook_welcome_in_mass_courtroom/.