Journalists able to use electronics, Twitter in Ont. courts

(QMI Agency File)

(QMI Agency File)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

Play-by-play of trials on Twitter and live blogs by journalists have the blessing of the Ontario courts starting in February.

It's part of a new policy set out by the Ontario Superior Court that will allow lawyers and journalists to use their computers, digital devices, and cellular phones in court.

But the strict rules for the public still apply - they'll have to keep their devices turned off in court.

Under the changes, such devices will be permitted as long as they're kept on silent mode and used "in a discreet and unobtrusive manner and their signals don't interfere with a courtroom's recording equipment or cause a disruption."


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