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February 10, 2010

In Fla. Lawyers & Judges Cannot Be Facebook “Friends”

Filed under: Electronic Resources — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

A report in BNA’s E-Commerce & Law Report looks at the ethical issues surrounding social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn as it relates to judges and the attorneys who appear before them.  Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee determined that it would be improper for a judge to identify lawyers who may appear in front of the judge as “friends” on the judge’s page, or to allow those lawyers to identify the judge as a “friend” on their pages, if the identification of a lawyer as the judge’s “friend” is displayed to the public or to other “friends” on the judge’s or lawyer’s social networking page.  The Committee pointed to Canon 2B of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which forbids a judge to “convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge.”  15 ECLR 195

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