U.S. District Court announces proposed rule governing juror communication and use of electronic devices in court

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has approved for publication and comment proposed new E.D. Mich. LR 47.1, Juror Communication.

Part of the proposed rule is as follows: "Once summoned to a courtroom for selection and until discharged, jurors must refrain from any outside contact or communication that relates to the case, which includes the use of cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, or the use of social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Twitter."

In order to be assured consideration, comments in writing, which may include recommended changes to the proposed amendments, should be received by the Court not later than Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

Comments may be sent to: Local_Rules@mied.uscourts.gov or Local Rules, 814 Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48226.

The text of the proposed new rule may be found at


Published: Thu, Jul 22, 2010


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