Reviews of this year – and then into 2011!

COMMENT: Our public services can only take so much

Welcome back to The News after a Christmas holiday weekend which I hope proved memorable and enjoyable for all readers.

This weekend of course will see the arrival of the new year, with the bank holiday being held on Monday, January 3.

The News will be published on Saturday and Monday as we see in 2011.

Before that, we shall be looking back at the biggest stories of this year in a series of daily features starting on Wednesday.

And for those of you who put faith in astrological predictions, we'll be publishing a stars special on Friday, December 31.

And as the new year arrives, we'll be featuring entries to our One Christmas Day contest.

A happy new year to all our readers!

COURT RULING: TWITTER

After the dramatic High Court hearing in which Pompey were saved from extinction, I said that it was important courts allowed journalists to use every means possible of communicating evidence and verdicts as they happened in important cases.

So it was good to see the country's top judge rule last week that Twitter should generally be allowed to be used by reporters from within the courtroom.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said that users would need the trial judge's permission first and this could be refused in some criminal cases depending on the risk of interference to the 'proper administration of justice'.

He said that risk would be at its highest in trials where witnesses outside the courtroom could find out what is being said inside before being called to give evidence, he warned.

But Lord Judge's ruling is a good one for newspapers and broadcasters and a step in the right direction.

His interim guidance on the use of the micro-blogging site and electronic devices in courts comes ahead of a consultation on the issue.

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