Friday, February 3, 2012

Most Federal Judges Explicitly Bar Jurors From Using Social Media to Discuss Cases

The vast majority of federal district judges expressly prohibit jurors from using social media to discuss the trial in which they are involved, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, announcing the results of a study conducted by the Federal Judicial Center, said Jan. 24.

Communication of case-specific information by way of social media is very infrequently detected: Only 30 of the 508 responding judges say they have actually detected social media use by jurors. Nevertheless, about 94 percent of the 508 judges who responded to the survey have implemented measures to ensure jurors do not use social media in the courtroom, FJC reported.

The article from U.S. Law Week online describes the methods that judges  use to restrict social media  that is related to a case.


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