Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Model Jury Instruction - Use of Tech to Research a Case or Communicate

Our office has tried 5 jury cases in the last 10 months in Metro Atlanta, and the Court's instructions regarding the use of social media has not always been consistent. For a lawyer who thinks that because she practices in a small town in a rural part of our country and therefore don't have to worry about things like Facebook and blogs, think again. A recent USA Today article pointed out the extensive use of social media by prospective jurors in Lauderdale County, Alabama, where the county seat has less than 30,000 residents.

Here is - to us - the best and most concise jury instruction yet regarding regarding tech to communicate when seated as a juror: