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More Courts Adopting and Allowing Social Media in the Courtroom

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According to a recent survey by the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO), courts across the country are more receptive to the use of social media in the courtroom. In addition, many courts are using social media themselves. Highlights of the survey include the following:

  • In 2014, 37 percent of the courts have a social media policy for their courtroom compared to about 29 percent a year ago.
  • Social media use by courts is growing. Compared to 2013, Facebook use by courts is up by more than 5 percent; Twitter use increased by 3.5 percent and YouTube by 3.2 percent.
  • Court officials are less concerned about the media sending messages from the courtroom during proceedings than in past years. A year ago, nearly 66 percent of court officials objected to the media sending messages. In 2014, the gap has narrowed with only 46 percent saying it’s inappropriate and 39 percent permitting it.
  • In a complete reversal of opinion, more than 50 percent of court officials believe the media should be allowed, with some restrictions, to take photos and videos of a court proceeding. Only 35 percent object to photos and videos this year, an 11 percent drop from a year ago

The full survey can be accessed here.

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