Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Judges using Facebook or other "social media"

The Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has issued an opinion on ethical issues relating to judges' use of on line social networking sites. Interestingly, it holds that a judge can post comments on a social site as long as the publication of such material does not otherwise violate the Code of Judicial Conduct, BUT a judge can not add lawyers who may appear before the judge as "friends" on a social networking site nor permit such lawyers to add the judge as their "friend."

Thanks to the Legal Profession Blog for the information and link.

UPDATE (12/9/09 at 7:32pm): here is a link to a story in the Wall Street Journal Blog on the same subject.

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