Volume 36:3 (Spring 2013)

A Practical Guide to the Development of Jury Charges Regarding Social Media


J. Paul Zimmerman


Perhaps one of the greatest concerns among judges and attorneys presented by the digital age is juror use of social media. This Article highlights the host of problems associated with juror use of social media, including juror misconduct, disregard for courts’ instructions, and impartiality. By discussing these problems, the author offers suggestions for minimizing juror misconduct and emphasizes the need for specific jury instructions tailored to encompass social media concerns.