MOSCOW, October 9 - RAPSI. Anyone attending a commercial court hearing may make a sound recording of the proceedings without asking the judge's permission, according to the resolution "On Securing the Openness of Commercial Court Proceedings" adopted by the Supreme Commercial Court's plenum.

The resolution reads that permission is only required for taking photographs and video recordings. If the judge denies to give permission, he or she must give a reason for this.

Those present in the courtroom are also allowed to publish a transcript of the hearing in social networks and online publications without the chairperson's consent.

Earlier, Supreme Commercial Court Chairman Anton Ivanov said that the court wishes to state its position clearly, that it will not restrict the coverage of court proceedings in social networks. He explained that this step was prompted by recent cases where Moscow district court judges prohibited journalists from tweeting from the courtrooms during high-profile criminal trials.