Volume 36:3 (Spring 2013)

Virtual Voir Dire: The Law and Ethics of Investigating Jurors Online


Eric P. Robinson


The Internet has created a new avenue for gleaning information about potential jurors. A host of concerns, however, accompany this new method of researching the venire. This Article traces the evolution of juror research from traditional means to today’s methods involving the Internet and social media. The author examines the main questions and issues surrounding online research of jurors, including judicial attitudes, courtroom decorum, fairness, juror privacy, accuracy of the information, and potential ethical duties for counsel.