Courts and social media: opportunities and challenges
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Concerns about the use of social media in professional and academic legal literature have focussed primarily on jury trials . The risks identified fall into two categories: firstly, the risk of juror exposure to potentially prejudicial pre-trial publicity; and, secondly, the risk of jurors using social media to publish material about the trial .10 In February 2013, the authors ran a small study designed to assess the extent of these concerns among justice system stakeholders in Australia . Working with a group of 62 participants that included judges, magistrates, tribunal members, court workers, court public information officers and academics working in the field of judicial administration, we employed a decision-making and problem solving process referred to as nominal group technique (NGT)11 to ask participants to identify and rank what they perceived to be six challenges and/or opportunities that social media poses for the courts .
Legal Institutions (incl Courts and Justice Systems)