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Social Media Jury Instructions

Much of HR is focused on staying out of the courtroom.  However, there are times that employment issues end up there.  Just as use of social media has become a big issue for employers, it is becoming more and more of a problem for courts.

A new model instruction has been proposed by the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management.  It reads in part:

I know that many of you use cell phones, BlackBerrys, the Internet and other tools of technology. You also must not talk to anyone at any time about this case or use these tools to communicate electronically with anyone about the case. This includes your family and friends. You may not communicate with anyone about the case on your cell phone, through e-mail, BlackBerry, iPhone, text messaging, or on Twitter, through any blog or website, including Facebook, Google+, My Space, LinkedIn, or YouTube. You may not use any similar technology of social media, even if I have not specifically mentioned it here.

A full copy of the instruction can be found here:  Proposed Model Jury Instructions; The Use of Electronic Technology to Conduct Research on or Communicate about a Case.

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