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Judges more open to using social media

Study shows judges are warming up to Facebook and Twitter

According to a new report by The Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO), state judges around the country seem to be less averse to using social media in both their professional and personal lives.

The survey asked judges to react to the statement: “Judges can use social media profile sites, such as Facebook, in their professional lives without compromising professional conduct codes of ethics,” and only 45.4 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement—down from 47.6 percent in 2010.

The number of judges with a presence on social media sites actually rose this year to 46.1 percent, up from 40.2 percent in 2010. “The number of judges on social media profile sites continued to rise,” the report says. “In 2012, 46.1 percent of judges responding to the survey reported using the sites, with the majority (86.3 percent) on Facebook.”

Additionally, it said that judges who run for election are more likely to use social media sites—rising 7.5 percent over 2010. And judges’ uses of all technology has continued to increase.

Read the full CCPIO New Media Survey.

And while you’re at it, check out how your fellow in-house counsel are using social media in the 2012 In-House Counsel New Media Engagement Survey, conducted by InsideCounsel, Greentarget and the Zeughauser Group.  


Cathleen Flahardy

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