The Constitutional Court (VfGH) is represented on twitter by the spokesman @VfGHSprecher. The tweets are in effect messages and news by the spokesman.
With Twitter, the Constitutional Court deliberately opens another way of communicating in order to inform about the functions and activities of the Court. However, the Court has to use Twitter appropriately for a Supreme Court. For the “twitter policy” @VfGHSPrecher this means among others:
- @VfGHSprecher only occasionally follows organisations and individuals. The circumstance that the spokesman follows someone on Twitter cannot be viewed as assessment and does not lead to a close relationship to the Court.
- Inquiries by the media mostly call for more extensive replies by the spokesperson of the Constitutional Court than is possible on Twitter. Journalists are asked to contact the Constitutional Court’s spokesman via the customary way (telephone, e-mail). If the confines of Twitter allow, the @VfGHSprecher can also answer to media inquiries in this way.
- Please keep in mind that the @VfGHSprecher does not normally answer to direct messages. This exceeds the feasible. Direct messages to @VfGHSprecher do not count as official contacting of the Court. This also applies to the parties of proceedings.
- On twitter, the customary form of communication of the spokesman of The Constitutional Court applies: naturally, he cannot comment on the decisions of the Court and cannot take part of discussions about them. In addition: The Constitutional Court does not provide legal advice via the @VfGHSprecher.
The Twitter Policy of the Constitutional Court in PDF-format: