The federal judiciary released new model jury instructions (PDF) this week aimed at deterring jurors from using social media while they're hearing a case.
As reported by sibling publication the New Jersey Law Journal, the guidelines can be used in civil or criminal trials. The model instructions explicitly warn jurors against using sites such as Twitter or Facebook to look up information about a case, or to communicate about it.
The instructions were crafted by the Federal Judicial Center, at the request of the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management, in response to a national survey of federal trial judges that found most are concerned about jurors' social media use and have acted to guard against it.
The full story is available on the New Jersey Law Journal's website.