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California Law Bans Jurors' Courtroom Tweets

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, August 9 2011

In California, a new law explicitly bans use of social media while on jury duty:

Courts will soon be required to explicitly warn jurors not to share case details or research potential case information via texts, blogs, internet postings, or various social networking sites. The new law also clarifies that judges have the authority to hold in contempt any jurors who don't heed that admonition.

Although many courts already provide such warnings, the Judicial Council sought the law because "jurors' use of electronic devices during the course of a trial is becoming an increasingly significant threat to the integrity of the justice system," according to a council statement in support of the bill.

Law.com reports Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Friday.