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Delaware Courts unveil new mobile-friendly website
Sean O'Sullivan, Chief of Community Relations
State of Delaware Administrative Office of the Courts
Missouri judiciary launches “Track This Case”
Logging onto Case.net – Missouri’s online access to information in the state’s case management system – is a lot easier thanks to its new feature, “Track This Case.” The feature allows the public to be notified by e-mail about docket activity of a particular case. E-mail notices are sent once daily and include docket entries made the previous day in the tracked case. If a case becomes confidential, notifications end.
12-year-old in trouble for posting three violent emojis
Illegal activity + social media = prosecution
A serious question is generating a serious debate in Colorado: if you break the law and no one is watching, does it still count? Videographer Michael Dalton recorded himself running four stop signs and claims he did so unintentionally despite the fact he posted the video on Facebook. Even though no one actually saw him break the law, Sgt. Andy Leibbrand with the Woodland Park Police Department said, "If you're posting stuff on Facebook or any social media for that matter, it's illegal. Don't expect something not to happen."
Hacked Facebook messages admissible in court
A South African High court recently ruled that a civil litigant’s private Facebook messages were admissible as evidence against him. In the case, Harvey v. Niland, the litigants were from the same corporation. The defendant, Niland, left his employer on bad terms, but remained a member of the corporation. Harvey filed an order against him to prevent Niland from contacting the corporation’s existing clients for his new employer. According to the Social Media Law Bulletin, “The employer’s complaint succeeded on the basis of private Facebook communications between Niland and the customers which Harvey had accessed by obtaining Niland’s username and password from another employee."
Social media tip of the month—Don't be a robot
Yes, robots are cool, but when courts are conversing on social media, they really shouldn't act like one.
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