April 20, 2020 Articles

#JuryDuty: How to Use Social Media to Research and Monitor Jurors

The rules on what is permissible for online juror investigations vary by jurisdiction, by judge, and even by case. Learn what you need to know for your next jury trial.

By Anne E. McClellan
Social apps provide a potential wealth of information about jurors generally not available during traditional voir dire.

Social apps provide a potential wealth of information about jurors generally not available during traditional voir dire.

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Seventy-two percent of Americans use social media, making hashtags and online posts an everyday part of life for most Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2018, 69 percent of U.S. adults used Facebook, 73 percent used YouTube, 37 percent used Instagram, 27 percent used LinkedIn, 24 percent used Snapchat, and 22 percent used Twitter. Those social media users include jurors. This article discusses the use of social media to research and monitor jurors.

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