Guest Article in Law360: Courts Atwitter With Juror Social Media Use


With the ubiquity of social media and mobile devices, how do you prevent jurors from improperly using social media during trial? For many judges, the answer is simple: You admonish them early and often.

The Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management has updated its model jury instructions on the improper use of social media. While the previous instructions were to be provided to jurors before trial and again just prior to deliberations, the revised instructions are also to be provided “at the end of each day before jurors return home, and other times, as appropriate.”

This change follows a Federal Judicial Center report citing the practice of most federal district court judges to instruct jurors on the improper use of social media at multiple points throughout trial.

Excerpted from Law360, September 24, 2012. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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