We are extremely proud of our most recent publication Practical Guidelines on Use of Social Media by Judges: Central and Eastern European Context, which focuses on the use of social media by judges, with particular emphasis on experiences from Central and Eastern European countries. The Guidelines recognize that participation on social media platforms is an intrinsic part of modern life; they also recognize that for many judges, participation on social media actually contributes to their public outreach efforts and their effort to build public interest in and trust of the judiciary. Since there has been very little specific standards or guidance to date regarding these issues, judges often have to come up with their own individual solutions or approaches, which might lead them into situations involving conflicts of interests and ethical dilemmas. The new Guidelines summarize discussions that the Network members have had over the past several years and provide recommendations for behavior and conduct on social media. The goal of the document is to provide judges with a clear overview of the pros and cons of using social media and offer recommendations on how to use it smartly and safely. The document is relevant to any individual judge who is active on social media as well as to anyone responsible for setting national guidelines for judicial conduct. This includes members of judicial councils, court presidents, officials from judicial associations and any other members of the judiciary who need to set regulations on the behavior of judges on social media.
This publication is testament to the extraordinary commitment of time and effort by the Network judges who participated in this project and who undertook extensive independent research and editing, coming together periodically at the Institute to coordinate and collaborate on their work. We are deeply grateful to them for their commitment, effort, and professionalism.CEELI_SoMe_Guidelines_Judges FinalV2
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