New documents have reportedly been found that could provide further details on the use of phone hacking by journalists at The News of the World.
Speaking at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, Michael Silverleaf QC, who represents News Group Newspaper, a subsidiary of News International, referred to the discovery of: "Two very large new caches of documents… which the current management were unaware of."
Earlier this year, News Group Newspapers, the parent company of the now closed newspaper, conceded that it had a large archive of emails from the period when phone hacking took place.
According to Justice Vos, a High Court Judge, some of the emails viewed as part of that search had already yielded “important information” that has since been submitted to the court.
The judge has given News Group Newspapers until the 30th September to turn over all evidence pertaining to phone hacking.
The Guardian reported that claimants in the case have been given a document by police listing the names of senior staff at the paper who ordered private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to carry out the tapping. Mulcaire was imprisoned in 2007 for phone hacking.
Justice Vos has ordered that the documents remain confidential.