Blake P. Kavanagh
Due to advancements in technology and media presence in the courtroom, Courts now have the additional burden of promoting an effective relationship between the courts and the media to ensure that cases are handled in a fair and professional manner. Especially in notorious cases with heightened public attention and media coverage, PIOs have the responsibility serving as liaisons between the judges and the media, ensuring fair and accurate reporting while preventing any impairment to the dignity of court proceedings.
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A high-profile case can push a court’s staff and resources to their limits and beyond. The Managing High-Profile Cases in the 21st Century website provides the resources a court needs to meet this challenge.
Court Communication Plan for the Judicial Branch of Florida: Year One Implementation Report (May 2017). Prepared by the Florida Supreme Court Public Information Office, this report details the first year's work in a state court communication plan adopted by the Florida Supreme Court in December 2015.
As part of its Brown Bag Series, NCSC's Research Division hosted a live streaming video webcast featuring a lecture by Dr. Pamela Schulz called "Courts, Public Confidence and Infotainment: Looking through a Media and Language Lens."
New-media tools need not be a threat to the integrity of the judiciary if they are employed with a clear set of objections and an understanding of potential misuse. Social media allow courts to directly reach out to communities, share success stories, and respond to constituent needs.
This final report summarizes the DC Bench-Bar-Media Dialogue Project, an educational program series designed to foster discussion on issues of current interest to the bench, bar and media and, by so doing, promoting a better understanding between them.
This book includes essays that contemplate the intersection between the judiciary and the media, pondering subjects such as judicial power, preserving public confidence, judicial elections, judicial selection, judicial independence, judicial confirmation, the internet and the distance between judges and journalists. (KF5130 .B39 2007)
This report focuses on confidentiality and media access to the courts, including materials on the reporter's privilege, reporters as witnesses, restrictions on juror information, access to court information, gag orders, and access to terrorism proceedings. A DVD accompanying the report includes clips from the conference. (KF9223.5 A17 N38 2005)
This report includes materials from the conference on topics such as the top ten significant issues for judges, journalists and lawyers, high profile cases, pretrial publicity, communication with the media, security issues, and the role and impact of media coverage. Video clips from the conference are included on a DVD. (KF9223.5 A17 N381 2005)
This translation guide was compiled and edited by the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts’ Professional Issues Committee. It is meant to compile some lessons learned by program managers over the years and serve as a guide to help other program managers move forward with translation projects within their own court system.
Justice System Journal. The author focuses on whether or not a case will receive media attention. She determines that there are three characteristics that are positively tied with the chance a case will receive news coverage: case facts (whether the case affects policy), media characteristics (more reporters/space means more availability for judicial coverage), and judicial characteristics (if there is a judicial election that year). (Vol. 30, No. 2)
Conflict centers around the equitable observance of both the media's first amendment right to gather and publish news relating to the judicial process and the accused sixth amendment right to a fair trial by an impartial jury.