Raising the bar Melbourne: Excuses, excuses - jury duty in the digital age
Did you know that a juror can face a penalty of more than $18,000 for researching information about a trial online? The internet is inescapable in today's world, however social media and simple Google searches can have enormous financial and practical consequences for courts and an accused's right to a fair trial.
Juries Commissioner Paul Dore will be exploring this contentious topic as part of Raising the Bar in his talk, 'Excuses, excuses: jury duty in the digital age'. Paul will ask whether technology and juries can successfully coexist by drawing on his experience working with juries.
Raising the Bar was held for the first time in Melbourne in 2016. The worldwide initiative is aimed at merging city culture and education. For one night, ten bars across Melbourne will host twenty speakers examining a range of social, political, economic and scientific topics. Last year's talks all sold out - so get in quick!
To find out more about this topic, check out our blog, Juries and social media: not like peaches and cream, which looks at how jurors can often find themselves in hot water by inappropriately using social media.