Lawyers in NSW will be able to continue to use mobile technology in courtrooms to do their jobs, NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith has said.
The NSW Government introduced legislation in November to ban the transmitting of information from courtrooms after an incident that endangered the integrity of the court process. Peak bodies including the NSW Law Society and Bar Association are being consulted on the proposed regulation, which will exempt lawyers and journalists, for the purposes of media reports on court proceedings, from the restrictions in the legislation.
Lawyers regularly use smartphones and tablets in court to refer to legislation and other material on electronic file and to email colleagues, support staff and even clients involved in the case.
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