Australian Courts and Social Media

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 3

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-66

6 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2013

See all articles by Alysia Blackham

Alysia Blackham

Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

George Williams

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 27, 2013

Abstract

Social media, like Facebook and Twitter, are now pervasive in many sectors of Australian society. However, Australia’s courts are generally taking a cautious approach to using this technology to enhance and complement their processes. Where courts have used social media, it has generally been in the context of regulating its use by others (for example, by limiting journalists’ live tweeting of court cases or juries’ use of extraneous social media ‘research’) rather than considering how they might make active use of social media themselves. In this article, we examine the extent to which Australian courts are using social media. We consider the opportunities and challenges posed by such media for courts and assess the extent to which they could make greater use of the technology.

Suggested Citation

Blackham, Alysia and Williams, George, Australian Courts and Social Media (September 27, 2013). Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 3; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2013-66. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2331819

Alysia Blackham

Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person97769

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

George Williams (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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