Social Networking and Judicial Ethics

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Title

Social Networking and Judicial Ethics

Description

Social network sites (SNSs) such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and
Twitter have become an increasingly ever-present feature in American life since first appearing in the late 1990s. SNSs now impact virtually all parts of daily life, and the judiciary is not immune to this effect. Recent statistics show that approximately 40% of judges nationwide utilize SNSs for personal, professional, and electoral purposes.

Social media, like any public communication form, presents special ethical challenges for judges. In recent years, judicial ethics committees in various states have weighed in on these questions and have not shown any clear consensus. However, it is generally agreed that judges using SNSs must pay particular attention to how that use relates to the judge’s particular ethical obligations regarding relationships and communication with others. In general terms, social media participation by judges raises important ethical questions that directly impact how courts are perceived in the emerging media age.

Creator

Craig Estlinbaum

Publisher

St. Mary's Journal of Legal Malpractice & Ethics, St. Mary's University School of Law

Date

2012

Contributor

St. Mary's University School of Law

Rights

Copyright to author Craig Estlinbaum

Relation

St. Mary's Journal of Legal Malpractice & Ethics

Format

RFC3778

Language

English, en-US

Type

Text

Identifier

Estlinbaum_Final.pdf

Files

Estlinbaum_Final.pdf

Citation

Craig Estlinbaum, “Social Networking and Judicial Ethics,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed June 28, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/Estlinbaum_Final.pdf.

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