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Guidelines for Jurors

Jurors should be aware of the potential impact of social media on their role and responsibilities during a trial.

Here are some key points jurors should know about social media:

  1. Impartiality and Fairness: Jurors have a crucial duty to remain impartial and make decisions based solely on the evidence presented in the courtroom. Engaging on social media during a trial can expose jurors to external information, opinions, or discussions that may bias their judgment or influence their decision-making process.
  2. Avoiding External Influence: Posting about the trial or discussing it on social media can inadvertently expose jurors to outside influences and opinions that are not based on the evidence presented in the courtroom. These influences can compromise the fairness of the trial and undermine the integrity of the process.
  3. Protecting Confidentiality: Jurors have a responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of the trial proceedings. Sharing details or opinions about the trial on social media violates the court's instructions and can jeopardize the rights of the parties involved.
  4. Preserving the Integrity of the Process: Jurors should understand that their actions on social media can have serious consequences, such as mistrials or appeals. It is essential to respect the legal process and the rights of all parties by refraining from discussing or posting about the trial online.
  5. Respect for Judicial Authority: Jurors should adhere to the instructions provided by the judge regarding social media usage during the trial. Ignoring these instructions can lead to legal consequences and undermine the authority of the court.

Resources for Jurors