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Laws 2014, 3(4), 636-650;

Does Avoiding Judicial Isolation Outweigh the Risks Related to “Professional Death by Facebook”?

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5, Canada
Received: 21 May 2014 / Revised: 13 August 2014 / Accepted: 19 August 2014 / Published: 29 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology, Social Media and Law)
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What happens when judges, in light of their role and responsibilities, and the scrutiny to which they are subjected, fall prey to a condition known as the “online disinhibition effect”? More importantly perhaps, what steps might judges reasonably take in order to pre-empt that fate, proactively addressing judicial social networking and its potential ramification for the administration of justice in the digital age? The immediate purpose of this article is to generate greater awareness of the issues specifically surrounding judicial social networking and to highlight some practical steps that those responsible for judicial training might consider in order to better equip judges for dealing with the exigencies of the digital realm. The focus is on understanding how to first recognize and then mitigate privacy and security risks in order to avoid bringing justice into disrepute through mishaps, and to stave off otherwise preventable incidents. This paper endeavors to provide a very brief overview of the emerging normative framework pertinent to the judicial use of social media, from a comparative perspective, concluding with some more practical (however preliminary) recommendations for more prudent and advised ESM use. View Full-Text
Keywords: privacy; courts; internet; judicial ethics; new technologies privacy; courts; internet; judicial ethics; new technologies
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Eltis, K. Does Avoiding Judicial Isolation Outweigh the Risks Related to “Professional Death by Facebook”? Laws 2014, 3, 636-650.

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