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Iowa Courts Look at Social Media in Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) The Iowa Supreme Court released a proposal Monday outlining new rules for how the media covers court cases.

Iowa courts have long allowed reporters and cameras in our courts. The new rules would expand those rules to address new live electronic reporting like tweeting and blogging.

The court is asking for feedback from Iowans on the proposed rules now through Jan. 6.

The new rules were developed during a 10-month review by a 15-person advisory committee of judges, attorneys and members of the media.

The original Expanded Media Coverage rules were approved in 1979. The new rules would give judges and court staff guidelines on how to handle bloggers, smartphones, Twitter and other technology issues.

"The proposed rules are intended to address modern news gathering practices in the courtroom while protecting the right of parties to a fair trial, personal privacy, and safety. The proposed rules also keep safeguards in place to preserve the decorum and dignity of our court proceedings, and assuring the fair administration of justice," said Justice Bruce Zager in a news release issued Monday.


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