Trials & Litigation

Judicial Conf. Group OKs Model Rules Barring Juror Talk, Texts & Tweets

Updating traditional rules banning jurors from talking about a case outside of deliberations before it is resolved, a committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has added provisions addressing e-mail, cell phones, social media sites, text messages and Internet research.

In addition to reporting on this development, the Blog of Legal Times provides the text of the new model rules offered by the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management.

“The committee believes that more explicit mention in jury instructions of the various methods and modes of electronic communication and research would help jurors better understand and adhere to the scope of the prohibition against the use of these devices,” says Judge Julie Robinson, who chairs the group, in a memo to district judges.

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