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!
Authors: Michael Douglas, Lecturer in Law, University of Sydney