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Courts: Northern Ireland

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 20 October (WA 76), whether the Northern Ireland Court Service will amend its guidelines on its website to say that note-taking is a matter for the individual judge and to indicate how permission to take notes may be sought from a judge by a member of the public. [HL5886]

The Northern Ireland Court Service has amended the published guidelines on taking notes in court to make it clear that note-taking is a matter for the direction of an individual judge. The guidelines also advise members of the public who wish to take notes that they should make this known to any court official so that the matter can be brought to the attention of the judge.