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Jury Issues Arising From Use of Technology and Social Media

 

In today’s world, the use of technology in our day to day lives has become commonplace. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere, and people’s use of the internet is at an all-time high. It is not surprising that one of the issues that has arisen in the context of the modern day jury is the jurors’ use of technology and social media. Society’s increasing reliance on technology has raised new concerns with how jurors are using technology before during and after the trial, as well as the lawyers’ use of technology in assessing potential jurors.

Concerns about juries and potential misconduct did not suddenly appear with the advent of technology. There have been issues with juror misconduct as long as there have been juries. A famous example is Gillian Guess, a juror on a murder trial in BC who had an affair with the accused during the trial in the mid-nineties. She was convicted of obstruction of justice.

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Written by James Cotter, LLB, BComm & Leah Volkers, JD, BA

 

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