• Publication Date: April 8, 2016
  • ISBN: Print (Paperback): 9781552214206
  • ISBN: Digital (PDF): 9781552214213
  • 208 pages; 6" x 9"

Courts, Litigants, and the Digital Age 2/e

Law, Ethics, and Practice


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Product Description

Courts, Litigants, and the Digital Age examines the ramifications of technology for courts, judges, and the administration of justice. It sets out the issues raised by technology, and, particularly, the Internet, so that conventional paradigms can be updated in the judicial context. In particular, the book dwells on issues such as proper judicial use of Internet sources, judicial ethics and social networking, electronic court records and anonymization techniques, control of the courtroom and jurors’ use of new technologies, asnwell as the Internet’s impact on judicial appointments and the diversity of thenjudiciary. The second edition includes discussion of current issues in thisnrapidly developing area, such as privacy protection, the “right to be forgotten,” cyber intimidation, freedom of digital speech, and litigant anonymity. Through examination of relevant practical, legal, and ethical issues, it endeavours to extract lessons from the developing issues surveyed and proposes forward-thinking approaches based on proportionality principles.




Chapter 1: Framing the Issues

Chapter 2: A “Body of Precedent Written on the Wind?”: Wiki Courts, “Link Rot,” and Independent Judicial Internet Research

Chapter 3: The Open Courts Principle, Litigant Privacy, and Electronic Court Records

Chapter 4: “De-anonymization” and “Re-anonymization”: Why Traditional Assumptions No Longer Apply

Chapter 5: “Googling” the Judge and the Perception of Impartiality: Out-of-Court Speech, the Internet, and Judicial Ethics

Chapter 6: Facebook, Social Networking, and the Appearance of Impropriety: For Judges Less Is More

Chapter 7: Social Networking and Cyber Research Undermining the Jury System

Conclusion: A Final Word


Table of Cases


About the Author

“The issues raised in Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age will only grow more numerous as new technology and social media are created. Nonetheless, this is a book no judge should be without.”
Mitch Kowalski, Financial Post book review (01/03/12)
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