Ban on Electronic Devices at the Central Criminal Court

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to City of London Corporation

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Dear City of London Corporation,

The Corporation of London's webpage on the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) states:

"No electronic devices ... are allowed in the building" *

I suspect this is a précis of a more detailed policy. I would like to request the release of the full policy including any exceptions to it and any process for obtaining exemptions.

I am happy for this request to be treated as routine correspondence if that is the best way to get a prompt response.


Richard Taylor


COL - EB - Information Officer, City of London Corporation

Dear Mr Taylor,


The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for information of 30 December 2015.

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Yours sincerely,

Information Officer
Town Clerk’s Department
City of London
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COL - EB - Information Officer, City of London Corporation

Dear Mr Taylor,


Following your request of 30 December 2015, and our acknowledgement of 31 December, the City of London (CoL) responds as follows.

The practice which you describe is not in fact contained in a policy document. The reference on the webpage is a practice in relation to the Public Galleries and currently there is no intention of changing the practice and no exceptions are permitted. The practice was determined on advice from the City of London Police, supported by a thorough Risk Assessment.

We hope that this response is of assistance.

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Yours sincerely,

Charles Henty
Secondary of London and Under Sheriff
Central Criminal Court

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have made a subsequent request for information on: "Access to the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) for Those Wishing to Report from Within"