Former News International head Rebekah Brooks has appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in relation to phone hacking charges.
During the four-minute hearing in London, Brooks spoke only to confirm her name, address and date of birth.
Brooks has been charged with allegedly illegally intercepting voicemail messages from the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Millie Dowler in April 2002 and up to six other alleged victims.
The chief magistrate ordered Brooks to appear at London’s Southwark crown court on September 29, the very day she is due to face separate charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The ex-editor of The Sun and the now defunct News of the World has been banned from contacting 10 other defendants who also worked for News International.
More than 50 journalists and public officials have been arrested since the phonehacking scandal began last July.