Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery - the fate of the Australian jury system in the age of social media dependency

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Braun, Kerstin. 2017. "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery - the fate of the Australian jury system in the age of social media dependency." University of New South Wales Law Journal. 40 (4), pp. 1634-1662. https://doi.org/10.53637/YIKL5634
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Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery - the fate of the Australian jury system in the age of social media dependency

ERA Journal ID33965
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorBraun, Kerstin
Journal TitleUniversity of New South Wales Law Journal
Journal Citation40 (4), pp. 1634-1662
Number of Pages29
Year2017
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0313-0096
1447-7297
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.53637/YIKL5634
Web Address (URL)https://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/article/yesterday-is-history-tomorrow-is-a-mystery-the-fate-of-the-australian-jury-system-in-the-age-of-social-media-dependency/
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A number of incidents have arisen in common law jurisdictions including Australia, the US and the UK, in which jurors have used social media during a
criminal trial. This conduct has had different consequences for the individual juror and the trial depending on the conduct. While some posts have had no consequences, others have led to the dismissal of the individual juror. Some trials continued after jurors’ social media use was detected while others resulted in a mistrial. Jurors’ social media use can have severe cost implications for the public especially where a mistrial has to be declared.

Keywordsjury system; jurors; criminal trials; social media
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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