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U.S. DISTRICT COURT

District of Idaho

Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill

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Social Media and Technology

The use and misuse of technology in courtrooms and courthouses have raised a number of issues that pose difficult challenges for the judges, lawyers, and litigants.  Across the country, trials have been affected by jurors who, intentionally or unintentionally, have used technology to conduct unauthorized research or to communicate about court proceedings. 

Jurors are not permitted to use electronic devices unless specifically authorized by the Court, including:

  • Sending or receiving phone calls or text message, voice mails, tweets, Facebook, or accessing the Internet while court is in session.
  • No electronic device may be used by a juror to record, photograph or film any court proceedings.
Juror Responsibilities

Juror Responsibilities Regarding the Internet and Social Media

FAIRNESS TO THE PARTIES IN ALL CASES REQUIRES THAT JURORS:

  • Don't research the case online in any way.
  • Don't communicate anything about the case via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any online messaging service.
  • Follow instructions by the judge or other court personnel.
  • Immediately report unauthorized use of the internet or social media to the judge or other court personnel.

By following these simple rules, jurors help ensure that all parties receive a fair trial.

Wireless Portable Devices in the Courtroom

General Order # 254.

Dated the 6th day of July, 2011 by Chief District Judge B. Lynn Winmill and Chief Bankruptcy Judge Terry L. Myers.

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