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Jurors and News Media

Juror Responsibilities Regarding the Internet and Social Media

Fairness to the parties in all cases requires that jurors follow these rules:

  • Don't research the case online in any way, including searching for information about the attorneys or judge
  • Don't communicate anything about the case via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any online messaging service.
  • Follow Instructions by the judge or other court personnel
  • Immediately report unauthorized use of the internet or social media to the judge or authorized court personnel.

By following these simple rules, jurors help ensure that all parties receive a fair trial

Focus on the Courtroom

Please Remember These Rules

As a juror you play a critical role in ensuring that all parties receive a fair trial.  It is essential that your decisions be based solely on the information you receive in the courtroom.

Do Not Talk to Anyone or Let Anyone Talk to you About the Case

This includes your family and friends.  You must not discuss any aspect of the case with anyone until the trial concludes.  Also, do not discuss the case with other jurors until your deliberations begin.

Do Not Receive or Send Electronic Communications About the Case

This includes texting, e-mailing, blogging, posting information on social network websites, or using any other electronic communications to discuss, or even mention, this case.

Avoid Outside Information from the Internet or Other Sources

Do not seek information about any aspect of the case including searching on the Internet.  Avoid news reports—broadcast, print, or Internet—relating to this case or issues in this case.

Thank You for Your Service!