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Pokémon Go puts pressure on when technology meets the law

By Michael Douglas

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There are two PokéStops and a Gym within range of my desk at work. Pokémon Go presents a real threat to my productivity. Apparently, it also presents a threat to justice in Australia.

Last Monday, the New South Wales Department of Justice issued a warning through its Facebook page:

GOING TO COURT IS NOT A GAME: POKEMON GO TRAINERS SHOULD LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR DIGITAL CRITTERS.

Attention budding Pokémon trainers: you do not need to step inside a courthouse to find Pokémon.

A reminder that the use of recording devices in NSW courts is prohibited under the Court Security Act 2005 - Section 9 - and carries a $22,000 fine or imprisonment for 12 months (or both).

Stay safe and catch ‘em all!

So why can’t you use a recording device in court?

The post identifies NSW legislation prohibiting the use of recording devices to record sound or images in courts. However, unless you are taking a screenshot of a wild Pokémon in court premises, it is unlikely that you would contravene the relevant provision. Other Australian states do not have equivalent legislation, but their courts can still prohibit recording inside the...