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Open and Fair Trial in the Social Media Era - An Insurmountable Conflict or an Emerging Opportunity? (2019) 
Lamprini Georgiou, Burkhard Schafer
European Journal of Law and Technology

In this article, the authors argue that "the decision by both systems to allow in principle tools such as Twitter aimed correctly at maximizing openness, but in failing to unpack further the concept of open justice, and in avoiding a deeper analysis of possible technological solutions, missed an opportunity to mitigate the inherent tensions between open and fair trial further."


Social Media, the Internet, and Trial by Jury (2018) Thaddeus Hoffmeister, Ann Charles Watts
SSRN

This review starts with a historical overview of trial by jury and then moves to a discussion of media and communication. This is followed by an examination of the advantages and disadvantages associated with jurors and digital technology. The heart of the article is a review of six scholarly studies that attempt to explain why jurors use the Internet, as well as methods for combating such use. The article concludes with recommendations for future areas of research.


Researching Jurors on Social Media (2017) 
Jonathan Hawkins
A Lawyer's Handbook

In today’s world, it makes perfect sense to research any information available, including social media accounts. But what are lawyers (or their agents) allowed to do when researching potential jurors’ social media accounts? Are there any limitations? The article lists a number of guidelines, pulled together from a few jurisdictions.


Common Ethical Issues To Consider When Researching Jurors And Witnesses On Social Media (2017) 
Patrick Schweihs, Esq.
Above the Law

The author provides some general pointers to follow when researching witnesses or jurors on social media platforms.

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What are jurors' social media responsibilities?

NCSC's "Juror Responsibilities Regarding the Internet and Social Media" poster teaches jurors what they can and cannot do on their electronic devices inside the courtroom.