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Twitter 'essential' to court reporting

Reporters are now allowed to tweet words from courts giving minute by minute coverage. Until the Stephen Lawrence case this week, there had never been quite such a moment of live coverage of a judge's words in a high profile case.

Philippa Thomas, the BBC correspondent at the Old Bailey this week, believes that Twitter will become an essential part of courtroom broadcasting.

However, she has concerns about getting quotes exactly right due to the restrictive amount of characters in a tweet, and she says it is not necessarily always the best way of getting the argument out there.

Ian Kelcey, a council member of the law society, believes that as long as tweeting does not interfere with the justice of the case, he does not see it as a problem.

However, he adds that caution must applied in order to ensure the case is not "derailed" because of an inappropriate comment picked up on the internet.

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