David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks appeared in court on Thursday to face charges linked to alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

Brooks, 44, appeared first, along with former Sun chief reporter John Kay, 69, and Ministry of Defence employee Bettina Jordan-Barber, 39.

They spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses during the short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

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Rebekah Brooks arrives in court waring a black jacket and tan trousers

Wearing a black jacket and tan trousers, Brooks sat next to Kay, who was in a grey suit with a white shirt and blue tie.

Jordan-Barber, who is from Shrivenham near Swindon, sat apart from the pair in the dock. She was wearing a black dress and pink shirt.

It is alleged that Brooks, from Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Kay, from north west London, conspired to pay Jordan-Barber around £100,000 for information.

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Andy Coulson wore a grey suit, white shirt and blue tie

The three each face one count of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office between January 1 2004 and January 31 this year.

That relates to allegations that Jordan-Barber, 39, was paid to provide information to the Sun newspaper.

They were all released on unconditional bail until they next appear at Southwark Crown Court on December 6.

Coulson and ex-News of the World (NOTW) royal correspondent Clive Goodman appeared afterwards.

They are charged with conspiracy to pay for information including a royal phone directory known as the "Green Book".

It contained contact details for the Royal Family and members of their households.

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It is alleged that Brooks, from Churchill, Oxfordshire, and Kay, from north west London, conspired to pay Jordan-Barber around £100,000 for information


Coulson, 44, from Kent, and Goodman, 55, from Surrey, face two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office - one between August 31 2002 and January 31 2003, and the other between January 31 and June 3 2005.

They relate to the alleged request and authorisation of payments to public officials in exchange for information, including the royal contacts book.

Coulson, who wore a grey suit, white shirt and blue tie, and Goodman, who was in a dark suit with a blue shirt and purple tie, were both released on unconditional bail until the same date as the other three defendants.

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    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she appeared to face charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials.

  • Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rebekah Brooks

    Rebekah Brooks, former News International chief executive arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where she is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials,Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Britain's rambunctious press braced Thursday for censure and tougher scrutiny as an ethics inquiry triggered by tabloid phone hacking released its wide-ranging report. Lord Justice Brian Leveson was due to release the findings of his yearlong inquiry, which heard evidence from hundreds of journalists, politicians, lawyers and victims of press intrusion. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Andy Coulson arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London where he is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials.

  • Phone hacking claims

    Andy Coulson arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court, London where he is facing charges linked to alleged bribery of public officials.