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State Social Media Privacy Laws (2019)
National Conference of State Legislatures

The NCSL provides a list of 26 states that have enacted social media privacy laws. Sixteen of the laws apply to educational institutions, one one applies to landlords.


Social Media Monitoring (2019)
Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Sophia DenUyl, Raya Koreh
Brennan Center for Justice

This paper discusses how the Department of Homeland Security uses digital data in the name of national security.


Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media Content (2019)
Congressional Research Services

Some cases have gained national notoriety, however, shining a spotlight on the effect of online networking in courtrooms.


The First Amendment Keeps the “Social” in Government Social Media (2019)
Frayda Bluestein
Coates' Cannons: NC Local Government Law

This blog post describes how government social media fits in the First Amendment public forum analysis and provides some tips for public officials who engage with the public via social media.


Social Media Issues to Consider in Civil Litigation (2018)
Daniel I. Prywes
Daily Report

Some courts have allowed a workaround in which the court orders the opposing party to “consent” to the social media provider’s disclosure of social media content, followed by a “consensual” request sent to the social media provider.


Social Media in the Courtroom (2018)
William Pfeifer
The Balance Small Business

Some cases have gained national notoriety, however, shining a spotlight on the effect of online networking in courtrooms.


Service of Process Via Social Media (2017)
Law Practice Today

This article discusses recent court decisions regarding the use of social media as an option for alternative service of process when personal service fails.


Alaska Court System’s Instructions for Alternate Service (2017)
Alaska Court System, Self Help Center: Family Law

Alaska’s Rule of Civil Procedure 4(e) permits a litigant to pursue alternative methods of service, such as posting to the court’s legal notice website or posting to a social media account, once the litigant has made a diligent inquiry by attempting to serve process by certified mail/restricted delivery/return receipt and/or via a process server. The litigant must complete a Request to Serve Defendant by Posting or Alternative Service and an Affidavit of Diligent Inquiry for the court’s review.


Delivering Our Message: Court Communication Plan for the Judicial Branch of Florida (2017)
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.


State Social Media Privacy Laws (2019)
National Conference of State Legislatures

The NCSL provides a list of 26 states that have enacted social media privacy laws. Sixteen of the laws apply to educational institutions, one one applies to landlords.


Social Media Flowchart for Lawyers (2017)
Stacey McPeek, Complaints Counsel
Law Society of Saskatchewan

Thinking about posting a funny legal foible on Facebook? Have a tantalizing trial tidbit for Twitter? Before you post that picture of your desk full of files, there's trusty flowchart for you to consider.


Social Media Policy for the Massachusetts Court System (2016)
Massachusetts Court System

The Massachusetts Court System uses several social media tools for outreach, education and information. These online tools are intended to enhance, but not replace, traditional channels currently in place for press and constituent communication.


Social Media and Social Networking Policy for Chambers’ Staff (2016)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Social media websites (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, blogs, and many others) that allow users to post personal content have become increasingly popular. This code of conduct for Judicial Employees applies to all online activities, including social media.


Social Media Policy for Montgomery County, Maryland (2016)
Montgomery County Government, Maryland

"The site is a limited public forum, limited to the discussion of matters related to Montgomery County's Social Media websites. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns. The County reserves the right to delete comments, without notice, that contain [profane/inappropriate information."


Social media policy for Cuyahoga County, Ohio (2016)
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

"Once posted, the County reserves the right to delete submissions that contain vulgar language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive comments that target or disparage any ethnic, racial, or religious group. Further, the County also reserves the right to delete comments..."


Florida State Courts to Begin Implementing New Communications Plan in 2016 (2015)
Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has approved a statewide communications plan that encourages all courts in the state to use social media in appropriate ways to notify the public of their work. As part of their efforts to improve communication, Florida court leaders called for the use of social media as a valuable tool. “Using social media as a communication tool affords courts the opportunity to convey important information beyond newsworthy events, such as judicial appointments or retirement.”


Social media policy for the Victoria State Government (2016)
Victoria State Government

This is the official policy for social media use at the department and provides guidance for departmental employees and external contractors on their professional and personal use of social media.


Michigan Trial Court  Standards and Guidelines for  Websites and Social Media (2015)
Michigan Supreme Court  State Court Administrative Office  in conjunction with the Technology Implementation Committee

This document is split into three sections in which it lays out statewide policy and  minimum standards and guidelines a trial court must observe in designing and  maintaining a trial court website; provides statewide policy and minimum  standards and guidelines a trial court must observe in designing, maintaining,  and using a social media site; and assists trial courts in developing its own  social media use policy and procedures for its trial court employees, and for  contractual employees who have signed a computer acceptable use agreement.


Policy on Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms (2014)
Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Provincial Court of British Columbia

This policy sets out the permitted and prohibited use of electronic devices in courtrooms of the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of British Columbia.


#serviceofprocess @socialmedia: Accepting Social Media for Service of Process in the 21st Century (2014)
Louisiana Law Review

This article argues why social media should be used as an alternative method for service of process and suggests factors courts should weigh in deciding when social media service of process would be permissible.


Social Media and the Courts: Innovative Tools or Dangerous Fad? A Practical Guide for Court Administrators (2014)
Norman H. Meyer, Jr.

This article gives a comprehensive overview of what social media are, why social media are important in society and the courts, how social media can be used effectively, what social media platforms are well-suited to the courts, what problems can arise, and how to proactively deal with such problems.


CCPIO New Media & Courts reports
Conference of Court Public Information Officers

CCPIO has conducted four annual surveys and the accompanying reports give the judicial community its first year-to-year comparison spanning four years of data unraveling how social media and broader changes in the media industry are impacting state and local judges and courts.


The Use of Social Media in the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County (May 2011)
Seguin, Patricia
Institute for Court Management, Court Executive Development Papers

This research project analyzes a number of aspects surrounding the phenomenon of social media and the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. It contains several recommendations to improve and accentuate the benefits of the court's social media efforts.

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SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDE

Social Media 101 Guide

The Social Media 101 guide shows you how to set up and manage your accounts.


NEWSLETTER

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SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES

Social media policies covers the guidelines governing social media use.

 

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