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'Open and accessible justice': Supreme Court of Canada joins Twitter

Last Updated Jan 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm EDT

The Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa is pictured on Oct. 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Supreme Court of Canada is now on Twitter.

The highest court in the country introduced both English (@SCC_eng) and French (@CSC_fra) accounts on Monday.

“Communicating on Twitter forms part of the Court’s commitment to open and accessible justice,” Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said in a statement.

“Sharing information about the Court’s work is crucial to its mandate, and Twitter is a useful tool in achieving this objective.”

The launch date was no coincidence: Twitter allows for messages of up to 140 characters, and 2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the first hearings held by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The United States Supreme Court doesn’t have an official Twitter account, but @ussupremecourt has been online since 2008, and @isupremecourt has been active since 2010.

An unofficial account, @SCC_CSC, has been releasing Canada’s Supreme Court decisions since 2010.